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Lucas Waugh was charged with attempted rape of a woman and the rape of a minor. The incidents occurred one after the other within walking distance of each other. The circuit court joined the cases for trial, and a jury found Waugh guilty of both offenses. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) the circuit court did not abuse its discretion in joining the charges for trial because (i) the two incidents in this case were closely related in time, location, and manner of execution, and (ii) there was no undue prejudice because the evidence of each incident could have been admitted in the trial of the other; and (2) the evidence was sufficient for a reasonable trier of fact to have found Waugh guilty of both offenses.