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Criminal Law : Photographic Evidence – Authenticating Witness

Where a defendant who was convicted of distributing drugs near a school challenged the admission of a photograph that showed his location during the sale, an authenticating witness was familiar with the location of the sale in relation to the surrounding area, and his testimony confirmed a level of familiarity with the subject matter of the photo that allowed him to testify competently as to its accuracy from his personal observation, so the trial court did not abuse its discretion in admitting the photograph into evidence.

Judgment is affirmed.

State v. Brownlee (MLW No. 69806/Case No. ED103624 – 5 pages) (Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, Odenwald, J.) Appealed from circuit court, Cape Girardeau County, Gardner, J. (Ellen H. Flottman for appellant) (Chris Koster and Karen L. Kramer for respondent).

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