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After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of rape, aggravated sodomy, and criminal restraint. The court of appeals reversed Defendant’s criminal restraint conviction as multiplicitous with his rape conviction but otherwise affirmed. Defendant later filed a motion for new trial that was based on the results of postconviction DNA testing. Ultimately, the district court denied Defendant’s motion for new trial, concluding that the new DNA evidence was unlikely to have yielded a different outcome at trial. The court of appeals affirmed. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that the district court (1) made sufficient findings of fact and conclusions of law to facilitate meaningful appellate review; and (2) did not err in denying Defendant’s motion for new trial because no reasonable probability existed that the new DNA evidence would result in a different outcome at trial.