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The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions for three counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor, holding that the district court did not commit prejudicial error in admitting evidence of prior bad acts under Wyo. R. Evid. 404(b) and by refusing to conduct a pretrial taint hearing.
On appeal, Defendant argued, among other things, that had the trial court considered the factors set forth in Gleason v. State, 57 P.3d 332 (Wyo. 2002) before admitting the 404(b) evidence, the evidence would not have been admissible at trial. The Supreme Court disagreed, holding (1) the admission of the 404(b) evidence did not prejudice Defendant because, even without the evidence of Defendant's prior uncharged conduct, there was no reasonable probability that the jury would have reached a different conclusion; and (2) the district court did not abuse its discretion in concluding that the victim was competent without further consideration of evidence of taint.