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Petitioner, a Colorado resident, entered Maryland pursuant to a summons to testify at a murder trial. Petitioner was subsequently arrested in Maryland, and the State charged him with crimes related to the murder. A jury found Petitioner guilty of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. Petitioner did not allege, either pretrial or during trial, that his arrest violated the Maryland Uniform Act to Secure the Attendance of Witnesses from Without State in Criminal Proceedings. For the first time on appeal, Petitioner argued that the State’s prosecution of him violated Md. Code Ann. Cts. & Jud. Proc. (CJ) 9-304(a), and therefore, the circuit court improperly exercised personal jurisdiction over him. The Court of Special Appeals affirmed, concluding that petitioner’s challenge to the exercise of personal jurisdiction was waived. The Court of Appeals affirmed, holding that Petitioner waived the issue of a violation of CJ 9-304(a) by failing to raise it pretrial as required by Maryland Rule 4-252.