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The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals awarding Defendant a new trial after he was convicted of first-degree murder, holding that the trial court did not commit prejudicial error when it overruled Defendant's objections to the State's closing argument.
A jury found Defendant guilty of first-degree murder by premeditation and deliberation and/or by lying in wait. On appeal, Defendant argued that the trial court abused its discretion when it failed to sustain his objections to comments made by the prosecutor during closing argument about race. The court of appeals agreed, holding that the trial court committed prejudicial error by overruling Defendant's objections to the prosecutor's comments and by failing to instruct the jury to disregard the comments or to declare a mistrial. The Supreme Court reversed, holding that, assuming without deciding that the prosecutor's comments were improper, Defendant was not prejudiced by the error.