Beaman v. StateAnnotate this Case
Appellant, who was convicted of four counts of first-degree murder and sentenced to four consecutive terms of life without the possibility of parole, appealed the circuit court’s denial of his pro se petition for DNA testing of scientific evidence, arguing that in reaching its conclusion, the circuit court applied the incorrect standard of law. The Court of Appeals affirmed, holding that Appellant was not entitled to testing under Md. Code Ann. Crim. Proc. 8-201, as (1) the hearing court erred in applying the incorrect standard of law when denying the petition; but (2) analyzed under the correct standard of law, the arguments presented by Appellant in his petition utterly failed to satisfy the requirements of section 8-201.