State v. Estrada-Comacho

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State v. Estrada-Comacho

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April 29, 2021
Case Time
9:00 AM
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District Court
Case Summary

S-20-0619 State of Nebraska v. Christian Estrada-Camacho (Appellant)

Hall County District Court, Hon. Andrew C. Butler

Attorneys: Mitchell C. Stehlik (Stehlik Law Firm, PC LLO, for Appellant); Melissa R. Vincent (Office of the Attorney General, for Appellee)

Criminal: Conspiracy to distribute controlled substance; Aiding and abetting robbery

Proceedings Below: The district court 1) determined that Investigator Champion was qualified  to translate Appellant’s statements from Spanish to English; 2) found Champion’s testimony via 2-way video did not violate Appellant’s right to confrontation; 3) admitted the text messages as coconspirator statements; 4) accepted the jury’s verdict; 5) denied Appellant’s motion for new trial; and 6) sentenced Appellant to 14 to 18 years’ imprisonment for each offense and ordered the two sentences to run concurrently.

Issues on Appeal: Whether the district court 1) erred in finding the Appellant guilty on charges of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and aiding and abetting a robbery; 2) abused its discretion in allowing witness Timothy Champion to testify via video in violation of the Appellant’s Sixth Amendment rights; 3) abused its discretion in allowing witness Timothy Champion’s testimony as to his translations of the Appellant’s alleged statements in Spanish to English; 4) erred in allowing evidence under the hearsay co-conspirator exception; 5) abused its discretion in sentencing the Appellant to a term of incarceration on each of the two convictions; and 6) abused its discretion in denying the Appellant’s motion for new trial.  

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