Court of Appeals Division II 

State of Washington
Opinion Information Sheet

Docket Number: 37323-8
Title of Case: State Of Washington, Respondent vs. Maurice Mcdaniel & Direce Marlow, Appellants
File Date: 04/28/2010

Appeal from Pierce County Superior Court
Docket No: 07-1-01972-5
Judgment or order under review
Date filed: 02/01/2008
Judge signing: Honorable Thomas J Felnagle

Authored by Marywave Van Deren
Concurring: David H. Armstrong
Dissenting: Christine Quinn-Brintnall


Counsel for Appellant(s)
Nancy P Collins
Washington Appellate Project
1511 3rd Ave Ste 701
Seattle, WA, 98101-3635

Anne Mowry Cruser
Law Office of Anne Cruser
Po Box 5000
Vancouver, WA, 98666-5000

Counsel for Respondent(s)
Melody M Crick
Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney
930 Tacoma Ave S Rm 946
Tacoma, WA, 98402-2171



Consolidated with
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Van Deren, C.J. -- In this consolidated appeal, Maurice McDaniel appeals his convictions
for attempted first degree murder,1 first degree robbery,2 both with firearm enhancements, and

first degree unlawful possession of a firearm.3 Direce Marlow appeals his convictions as an

accomplice to McDaniel's first degree robbery, with a firearm enhancement, and first degree

unlawful possession of a firearm. Both defendants argue that (1) the trial court erred by admitting
hearsay evidence of their nicknames, thus violating their Sixth Amendment4 right to confrontation;

1 RCW 9A.28.020; RCW 9A.32.030(1)(a).

2 RCW 9A.56.190; RCW 9A.56.200(1)(a)(i).

3 Former RCW 9.41.010(12) (2001); former RCW 9.41.040(1)(a) (2005).

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(2) the trial court abused its discretion by refusing to sever the unlawful possession of firearm

charges; and (3) their counsel were ineffective. McDaniel also contends that the trial court

abused its discretion by admitting evidence of his purported flight and by refusing his proposed
premeditation jury instruction.5 Marlow contends that the evidence was insufficient to support an

accomplice conviction for first degree robbery.

We hold that the trial court violated the confrontation clause in admitting evidence of

McDaniel's nickname and abused its discretion in admitting evidence of his purported flight and

resisting arrest. Because these errors were not harmless, we vacate McDaniel's convictions and

remand for a new trial. We affirm Marlow's convictions.


I. Shooting and Robbery

Early in the morning, on July 29, 2006, Officer Stanley James of the Tacoma Police

Department was on patrol in the south end of Tacoma, Washington. At 3:19 am, he heard four or

five gunshots originate a few blocks away. As he drove in the general direction of the gunshots,

radio dispatch notified him of a shooting at 45th Street and Lawrence Street -- an area known for

its high crime rate.

When James arrived on the scene, he saw an approximately 30 year old male with gunshot

wounds to his abdomen. The man told police that he was Ricky Richardson, but law enforcement
later identified him as Cashundo Banks.6 Banks said that his assailants drove a dark colored

4 U.S. Const. amend. VI.
5 In his statement of additional grounds for review, RAP 10.10, McDaniel raises more issues that
we do not address because we vacate his convictions and remand for a new trial.

6 Banks used a false name because he had an outstanding arrest warrant and did not want to go to

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sports utility vehicle (SUV).

Earlier that night, Banks drank a few beers and had recently used cocaine,

methamphetamine, and marijuana. Around 3:00 am on July 29, Banks was riding his bicycle in

the area, seeking to purchase marijuana, when he saw a parked Chevrolet Blazer with tinted
windows that had two unfamiliar African American males sitting in the front seats.7 Banks

approached the men in the SUV and asked if they had any marijuana for sale. The passenger said

that he did and told Banks to follow them.

The vehicle drove one block up the street and Banks followed. When the door opened,

the passenger exited the vehicle with a gun in his hands. Banks saw the gun and gave the

passenger his money, but the passenger shot Banks repeatedly. Then the vehicle sped away.

Banks underwent emergency surgery for multiple wounds. His toxicology test was

positive for cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana. He also had a blood alcohol level of .176.

Nine days later, he left the hospital against medical advice, presumably to avoid arrest.

While investigating an unrelated crime, Detective Gene Miller of the Tacoma Police

Department obtained a search warrant for telephone calls made to Marlow's telephone number

between July 5, 2006, and September 5, 2006, by Verrick Yarbrough, an inmate at the Pierce

County Jail. After listening to over 70 hours of taped conversation, Miller realized that three

individuals were discussing a shooting on 45th Street. When Miller searched police records, he

discovered only one reported shooting on 45th Street during that period -- the July 29th shooting

7 Banks also told police of a third individual who sat in the back seat but apparently he could not
provide a further description. At trial, Banks testified that he saw two men and denied reporting a


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at 45th Street and Lawrence Street. On the tape, "Reese," "Tony Guns," and Yarbrough sounded

as if they were bragging about the shooting and talked about the victim with callous disregard for

the injuries they inflicted. Report of Proceedings (RP) (Dec. 4, 2007) at 772-73. After speaking

to at least four people, Miller concluded that "Reese" was Marlow and that "Tony Guns" was


Miller spoke with Banks in jail on April 10, 2007, after police arrested him on unrelated

charges. Banks described his assailants to Miller. Miller showed Banks two separate

photomontages -- one with Marlow and one with McDaniel. Banks identified Marlow as the

driver of the vehicle and McDaniel as the shooter.

In May, Tacoma police conducted a stake out to arrest McDaniel on several warrants.

They received information from a citizen witness that McDaniel and his girl friend had entered a

vehicle. When the vehicle drove onto the road, with the girl friend driving, officers activated their

emergency lights and pulled it over. As a police officer stepped out of his car, the vehicle sped

away. Five marked patrol cars chased it at high speed and ultimately rammed the vehicle,

bringing it to a stop. When McDaniel exited the vehicle from the passenger side, officers

instructed him to show his hands and lie down, which he refused to do. Police forced him to the
ground and arrested him. He did not throw punches or otherwise fight back.8

The State charged both Marlow and McDaniel with attempted first degree murder, first

degree robbery, and first degree unlawful possession of a firearm. The attempted murder and

robbery counts carried firearm enhancements.

8 The record does not indicate when or how police arrested Marlow.

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II. Trial Proceedings

During a hearing on a motion in limine before trial, Miller testified about his experience

with gangs and his investigation of the 70 hours of recorded jail telephone calls between

Yarbrough, "Reese," and "Tony Guns." The State argued that Miller had firsthand knowledge

that Marlow was "Reese" and McDaniel was "Tony Guns" and that Miller should be able to

testify to these nicknames. The trial court agreed with the State, rejecting the defendants'
confrontation clause arguments.9

Both defense counsel unsuccessfully moved to sever the defendants' unlawful possession

of firearms charges from the remaining charges, arguing that it would be unduly prejudicial if all

counts were tried together. McDaniel's counsel unsuccessfully moved to exclude testimony

regarding his arrest and purported flight.

The jury convicted McDaniel as charged. The jury convicted Marlow of first degree

robbery, with a firearm enhancement, and first degree unlawful possession of a firearm. But the

jury could not reach a verdict on Marlow's attempted first degree murder count and the trial court

declared a mistrial on that count.

We consolidated Marlow's and McDaniel's appeals.


I. Confrontation Clause

Marlow and McDaniel argue that the State violated their Sixth Amendment confrontation

rights because Miller lacked personal knowledge that they used the names "Reese" and "Tony

9 At trial, the State also introduced audio recordings of telephone calls between Yarbrough,
"Reese," and "Tony Guns," as well as a transcription of the recordings.


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Guns," respectively. They contend that Miller merely repeated testimonial out-of-court

statements because he had interrogated and interviewed third parties, specifically to identify who

used the nicknames he heard used on the jail telephone recordings. We hold that Miller had

firsthand personal knowledge that Marlow was "Reese" but that Miller's testimony regarding

McDaniel constituted testimonial evidence in violation of Crawford v. Washington, 541 U.S. 36,

124 S. Ct. 1354, 158 L. Ed. 2d 177 (2004) and its progeny.

A. Standard of Review

We review alleged confrontation clause violations de novo. State v. Kronich, 160 Wn.2d

893, 901, 161 P.3d 982 (2007).

B. Challenged Rulings

Before trial, the State moved to admit the recorded jail telephone conversations and to

designate Miller as a gang expert. During a motion in limine, Miller implied that he learned the

defendants' nicknames through his investigation but he did not testify about the specific sources

of his information. McDaniel's counsel objected based on, among other things, the confrontation


And there are major confrontational clause problems that arise with Detective
Miller testifying to information that he's learned from other people, because those
people aren't over here to testify. Those people aren't available for the defense to
cross-examine. For all we know, those people may have been just letting
Detective Miller hear what they wanted him to hear, either to put him in the wrong
direction or whatever. We don't know why those individuals told Detective Miller
what they told Detective Miller. We don't even know what the exact words were
that those other individuals used when they spoke with Detective Miller.

RP (Nov. 15, 2007 am) at 166.

The trial court overruled this argument:

[McDaniel's counsel] suggests that, well, maybe the people [Miller] was


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talking to were just leading him astray and all he's got is a whole bunch of faulty
information, but I think the length of time [Miller]'s been involved with [his
investigation] and the depth and number of people he's talked to has given him
ample opportunity to kind of cross-reference what he's being told, and it would be
pretty obvious if you are being led down a garden path when you have the breadth
of information that he's got available. I don't find that this is like nuclear physics,
where you would rely on treatises and experiments to form your basis of
knowledge. This is real-life experience that is found best in the real world, so I
find that this is both reliable, given the breadth and length of time that it's been
available to him, and that it's the kind of thing that an expert would rely on to form
an opinion. So, I do find that he has the requisite experience.

RP (Nov. 15, 2007 am) at 171-72. In so ruling, the trial court apparently qualified Miller as a
gang expert under ER 702,10 though it did not explicitly do so.

The trial court also ruled that Miller could not testify to specific out-of-court statements:

I have already indicated that [Crawford], itself, doesn't prohibit this type of
testimony, because we are talking about his ability to relate gang culture. But, if
he's relating specific statements of other people and he doesn't have firsthand
information, then maybe it is a [Crawford] issue, but that doesn't take all the gang-
related testimony out of the case.

RP (Nov. 15, 2007 am) at 183.

In the continuing motion in limine hearing, Miller testified in an offer of proof about the

jail telephone call tape recordings. Miller explained that he connected Marlow to the nickname

"Reese" through (1) a photograph of Marlow with "Reese" written on it that was found at

Marlow's apartment based on an unchallenged search warrant; (2) the fact that the taped

telephone calls from the jail went to Marlow's residence; and (3) the logical shortening of Direce

to "Reese." Miller also testified that he connected McDaniel to "Tony Guns" by questioning at

least four people, including Yarbrough's former girl friend and a fellow gang member arrested on

10 ER 702 states, "If scientific, technical, or other specialized knowledge will assist the trier of fact
to understand the evidence or to determine a fact in issue, a witness qualified as an expert by
knowledge, skill, experience, training, or education, may testify thereto in the form of an opinion
or otherwise."

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an unrelated homicide. In addition, Miller relied on the fact that he heard "Tony Guns" was

"kicked out of his grandma's place for getting caught with a weapon," which matched Miller's

information that McDaniel had lived with his grandmother. RP (Nov. 27, 2007) at 27.

Following the second hearing, Marlow's counsel moved to exclude testimony concerning

the names "Reese" and "Tony Guns." Despite having earlier concluded that Miller could not

repeat the statements of others, the trial court ruled:

Now, is there a linkage to suggest that Tony Guns and Reese are actually
McDaniel and Marlow? Well, again, there are references by a number of people
that identify Mr. McDaniel as Tony Guns, and Mr. Marlow as Reese. Further, the
calls made to Mr. Marlow's residence, the shortening of Reese is logical from the
name Direce. The circumstances suggest that there is a linkage. This conversation
is done in a relatively close time to the shooting, itself. The two defendants know
each other. Mr. Banks has picked them out as the people that shot him, and the
subject matter is similar to the subject matter at hand. And so all of that together
suggests that there is sufficient evidence to support the State's theory.
. . . .
. . . So what I am not going to let [Miller] do is get on and talk about his
conclusions as to ultimate questions of fact. For instance, he is not going to be
able to get on and say, yes, speaker one in conversation No. 1 is Tony Guns, and
Tony Guns is Mr. McDaniel, and Mr. McDaniel is seated right over there, and
furthermore, Mr. McDaniel was involved in this shooting. That's about what the
State would probably argue would be the end of what he could logically do, and
they, maybe, wouldn't even say he was involved in the shooting.
But what he can do, and maybe this is a distinction that brings no comfort
to the defense at all, but I think it's the way to look at this is, he can say, I have
listened to all the tapes. If you listen to all the tapes, it's clear that the person
speaking, because of all the reasons I have already indicated, is identified as Tony
Guns. And I have firsthand knowledge of the fact from the expertise that I have
gained, and the people that I have talked to, that Mr. McDaniel uses the nickname
of Tony Guns.

RP (Nov. 27, 2007) at 125-28.

After further discussion, both defense counsel renewed their objections:

[MCDANIEL'S COUNSEL]: Your Honor, along that same vein,
we are running into confrontation clause issues with the detective, if the detective
were to testify as to how he determined.


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THE COURT: Well, see, that's a problem. And I don't want, and
I have already indicated, the detective to be the conduit for other people's
substantive testimony.
[MARLOW'S COUNSEL]: So the detective, is he allowed or not
allowed to say, in my opinion speaker one is this guy over here?
THE COURT: No. But he is allowed to say that in listening to the
tapes, if you listen to all the tapes, you will hear, for instance, in conversation one,
that this starts out by so and so asking for Tony Guns. Mr. Yarbrough asking for
Tony Guns. So he can say that the reference to the speaker, that speaker No. 1 is
identified as Tony Guns. Tony Guns in my knowledge of this area, is in fact, Mr.
[MARLOW'S COUNSEL]: That was all based on hearsay of
witnesses who are not on the witness list, or called to be here.
THE COURT: Well, let's say this: The nickname Tony Guns is
associated with Mr. McDaniel, he knows that to be a fact, and it's not -- now,
don't -- I know where you are going, and I am trying to draw a line, and I have
already indicated you are not going to like the line I am drawing, but he knows
that as a matter of fact from having talked to people in the community, from
having gathered this expert information.
[MCDANIEL'S COUNSEL]: Your Honor, if the Court is inclined
towards allowing this type of evidence in, which is highly questionable evidence,
that obviously, violates our right to confront those witnesses. Then I would ask
the Court to at least say that if he is going to make any reference, that it should be
as somebody who I believed to be Tony Guns.
THE COURT: I am not even saying he gets to say he believes it. I
am saying that he can say there is reference, or there is an association between the
nickname Tony Guns and Mr. McDaniel.
[MCDANIEL'S COUNSEL]: Your Honor, it still is confusing.
It's going to lead the jury to believe that, in fact, Mr. McDaniel is Tony Guns.
THE COURT: Well, that's the purpose of the State's evidence is
to convince the jury that Mr. McDaniel is, in[]deed, Tony Guns. That's what they
are trying to do, and that's evidence to suggest that that is exactly right.
[MCDANIEL'S COUNSEL]: However, there [are] the
confrontation clause issues, so rather than saying it's associated with Mr.
McDaniel, that he could say that he believes that there is some association.
THE COURT: He has firsthand information, in that he has heard.
He is not relaying what other people have said, that so and so says that Mr.
McDaniel is Tony Guns. He is saying that he has firsthand information from an
immersion in the gang culture to references to Mr. McDaniel as Tony Guns. He
has heard Mr. McDaniel referred to as Tony Guns on those tapes. If you perceive
that difference, and I perceive it to be a difference, there is a difference between
him saying people have told me that he is Tony Guns and saying I have heard him
referred to as Tony Guns. That's the difference between firsthand information and
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[MARLOW'S COUNSEL]: So essentially it's an impression, and
therefore not hearsay.
THE COURT: It's his firsthand knowledge of people referring to
McDaniel as Tony Guns.
[MARLOW'S COUNSEL]: Thank you, Your Honor.
[MCDANIEL'S COUNSEL]: Your Honor, along that vein
though, you are talking about immersion, but you have already said he is not going
to be allowed to testify as a gang expert.
THE COURT: No, I never said that. I said he can testify as a gang
expert. What he can't do is use his expertise to pull together the whole case and
say in my opinion, McDaniel and Marlow are guilty of this crime, because I have
studied everything.

RP at (Nov. 27, 2007) 142-45.

Accordingly, the trial court ruled that Miller's testimony about the defendants' nicknames

constituted firsthand, personal knowledge. But in repeatedly addressing Miller's gang expertise,

it appears that the trial court designated Miller as an expert capable of testifying to an opinion or
to inferences drawn from data under ER 702 and ER 705,11 without regard to whether this

designation thereby deprived the defense of an opportunity to confront those who told Miller that

McDaniel was "Tony Guns."

At trial, the State did not call any of the people with whom Miller spoke as witnesses or

elicit from Miller evidence of the defendants' gang membership or general gang information.

Miller limited his trial testimony about the defendants' nicknames to the following:

[THE STATE:] And have you heard the name Tony Guns?
[MILLER:] Yes.
[THE STATE:] And where have you heard that name?
[MILLER:] On that jail phone recordings.
[THE STATE:] Is that one of three talkers, I guess, that was discussing
the shooting on 45th?

11 ER 705 provides, "The expert may testify in terms of opinion or inference and give reasons
therefor without prior disclosure of the underlying facts or data, unless the judge requires
otherwise. The expert may in any event be required to disclose the underlying facts or data on
cross examination."


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[MILLER:] Yes.
[THE STATE:] Do you know anybody that uses the name Tony Guns?
[MILLER:] Yes.
[MILLER:] Maurice McDaniel.
. . . .
[THE STATE:] Do you know anybody else other than Maurice McDaniel
that goes by the name of Tony Guns?
[THE STATE:] Did you hear at any point the name Reese?
[MILLER:] Yes.
[THE STATE:] In association with the phone calls regarding a shooting?
[MILLER:] Yes.
[THE STATE:] Do you know anybody that goes by the name Reese?
[MILLER:] Yes.
[THE STATE:] And who is that?
[MILLER:] Direce Marlow.
. . . .
[THE STATE:] Do you know anybody else who goes by the name of

RP at (Dec. 4, 2007) 772-73. During cross-examination, defense counsel did not ask about the

underlying facts or data on which Miller relied to conclude that Marlow and McDaniel were

"Reese" and "Tony Guns," as ER 705 allows.

C. Out-of-Court Statements Made under Police Questioning Are Testimonial
The Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution12 and article 1, section 22 of the

Washington Constitution13 guarantee criminal defendants the right to confront and cross-examine

witnesses. The confrontation clause provides that the State can present testimonial out-of-court

statements of an absent witness only if the witness is unavailable and the defendant has had a prior

12 "[T]he accused shall enjoy the right to . . . be confronted with the witnesses against him." U.S.
Const. amend. VI.

13 Under Washington's constitution, the accused also has "the right to . . . meet the witnesses
against him face to face." Wash. Const. art. I, § 22.


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opportunity to cross-examine the witness. Crawford, 541 U.S. at 59, 68. But the State can

present nontestimonial hearsay under the Sixth Amendment subject only to evidentiary rules.

Davis v. Washington, 547 U.S. 813, 821, 126 S. Ct. 2266, 165 L. Ed. 2d 224 (2006).

Accordingly, "the existence of an applicable hearsay exception is not dispositive as to the issue of

admissibility at trial. Rather, the [c]onfrontation [c]lause requires another layer of analysis."

State v. Kirkpatrick, 160 Wn.2d 873, 882, 161 P.3d 990 (2007). The State has the burden on

appeal of establishing that statements are nontestimonial. State v. Koslowski, 166 Wn.2d 409,

417 n.3, 209 P.3d 479 (2009).

Statements made in the course of a police investigation are nontestimonial if the primary
purpose of the questioning is to allow police to assist in an ongoing emergency.14 Davis, 547

U.S. at 822. But statements are testimonial if the primary purpose of questioning is to establish or

prove past events potentially relevant to later criminal prosecution and circumstances objectively

indicate that there is no ongoing emergency. Davis, 547 U.S. at 822 "Statements taken by

officers in the course of investigations are almost always testimonial. So are statements that are

the product of police-initiated contact." State v. Tyler, 138 Wn. App. 120, 127, 155 P.3d 1002

(2007) (citation omitted).

14 The parties did not provide, and we could not find, any authority clarifying (1) whether a
declarant's out-of-court statement that someone goes by a particular nickname or nickname
constitutes testimonial hearsay or (2) the point during a police investigation at which law
enforcement has personal knowledge of a fact instead of hearsay statements. Common law
provides an "'exception to the hearsay rule that evidence as to the name by which a person is
known, although it may not be the best evidence as to his true name, cannot be excluded on the
ground that it is hearsay.'" State v. Howard, 127 Wn. App. 862, 870-71, 113 P.3d 511 (2005)
(quoting State v. Siverly, 140 Wash. 58, 60, 248 P. 69 (1926)). But "after Crawford, a state's
evidence rules no longer govern confrontation clause questions," and we need not reach the
hearsay question. State v. Price, 158 Wn.2d 630, 639 n.5, 146 P.3d 1183 (2006).


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1. Basis of Miller's Knowledge about the Nickname "Reese"

Here, Miller connected Marlow to the name "Reese" largely based on the diminutive of

Direce to "Reese," the photograph of Marlow with the name "Reese," and the fact that

Yarbrough's calls went to Marlow's residence. Thus, Miller based his knowledge of Marlow's

use of the nickname, "Reese," on firsthand, nonhearsay information and his testimony that

"Reese" was Marlow did not violate the confrontation clause.

2. Basis of Miller's Knowledge about the Nickname "Tony Guns"

But Miller's testimony about McDaniel's nickname underscores the tension between the

designation of an expert under ER 702, allowing the expert to testify to opinions and inferences,

and the protections of the confrontation clause. In ruling that Miller had personal knowledge of

McDaniel's nickname, the trial court apparently understood Miller's testimony to fall within the

ambit of ER 705 -- that is, expert testimony regarding inferences made in reliance on information

learned during an investigation.

The Second Circuit recently addressed this issue in United States v. Mejia, 545 F.3d 179

(2d Cir. 2008). There, a police officer testified as a gang expert, not only about the structure and

activities of the gang to which the defendants allegedly belonged, but about particular facts

relating to the defendants' crimes. Mejia, 545 F.3d at 186-87. The officer testified to some

information that he learned during custodial interrogation of other members of the same gang.

Mejia, 545 F.3d at 188 n.3, 199.

On appeal, the Second Circuit reversed the convictions because the gang expert's

testimony "addressed matters that the average juror could have understood had such factual

evidence been introduced" and held that it was not "acceptable to substitute expert testimony for


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factual evidence of murder in the first instance." Mejia, 545 F.3d at 195. We excerpt only part of

the court's thorough explanation of this problem:

Yet despite the utility of, and need for, [police gang] expertise of this sort,
its use must be limited to those issues where sociological knowledge is
appropriate. An increasingly thinning line separates the legitimate use of an officer
expert to translate esoteric terminology or to explicate an organization's
hierarchical structure from the illegitimate and impermissible substitution of expert
opinion for factual evidence. If the officer expert strays beyond the bounds of
appropriately "expert" matters, that officer becomes, rather than a sociologist
describing the inner workings of a closed community, a chronicler of the recent
past whose pronouncements on elements of the charged offense serve as shortcuts
to proving guilt. As the officer's purported expertise narrows from "organized
crime" to "this particular gang," from the meaning of "capo"[15] to the criminality
of the defendant, the officer's testimony becomes more central to the case, more
corroborative of the fact witnesses, and thus more like a summary of the facts than
an aide in understanding them. The officer expert transforms into the hub of the
case, displacing the jury by connecting and combining all other testimony and
physical evidence into a coherent, discernible, internally consistent picture of the
defendant's guilt.
In such instances, it is a little too convenient that the Government has
found an individual who is expert on precisely those facts that the Government
must prove to secure a guilty verdict -- even more so when that expert happens to
be one of the Government's own investigators.

Mejia, 545 F.3d at 190-91. Because the officer in Mejia repeated what he heard from others

instead of piecing together and analyzing relevant information for himself, the court held that he

based part of his expert testimony on inadmissible hearsay and violated the confrontation clause.

545 F.3d at 198-99.

Here, Miller testified in pretrial hearings that he learned information that led him to believe

that McDaniel used the name "Tony Guns" by questioning unidentified people, including, but not

limited to, Yarbrough's former girl friend and a fellow incarcerated gang member. At trial, none

of the people who identified McDaniel as "Tony Guns" testified. Miller simply identified "Tony

15 The organized crime slang word "capo" -- a captain in a Mafia family -- is an example of what an
expert officer might properly explain for the jury. Mejia, 545 F.3d at 189.

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Guns" as McDaniel. Based on the way Miller obtained the information, his testimony did not

require gang expertise. None of the people with firsthand knowledge of this factual evidence

testified at trial and none were subject to defense cross-examination.

The record provided few details about Miller's interviews. He spoke to the gang member

in custody with the gang member's defense counsel present. The gang member's statements were

clearly testimonial in nature, although we do not know what he said to Miller. See Crawford, 541

U.S. at 53 n.4; Tyler, 138 Wn. App. at 127. The record does not contain enough information for

us to review the identity of the individuals or the nature of the other interviews; thus, the State has

not met its burden to establish that these conversations were nontestimonial.

Furthermore, the other information Miller relied on to identify McDaniel as "Tony Guns"

is equivocal: Living with extended family is a common occurrence, so information that "Tony

Guns" lived with his grandmother does not prove that McDaniel was "Tony Guns." No other

evidence corroborated this fact. Finally, the State did not present any witnesses to identify

McDaniel's voice on the recordings.
The dissent argues that Miller's testimony fell within the ambit of ER 804(b)(4).16 Dissent

16 ER 804 provides, in relevant part:
(a) Definition of Unavailability. "Unavailability as a witness" includes
situations in which the declarant:
(1) Is exempted by the ruling of the court on the ground of privilege from
testifying concerning the subject matter of the declarant's statement; or
(2) Persists in refusing to testify concerning the subject matter of the
declarant's statement despite an order of the court to do so; or
(3) Testifies to a lack of memory of the subject matter of the declarant's
statement; or
(4) Is unable to be present or to testify at the hearing because of death or
then existing physical or mental illness or infirmity; or
(5) Is absent from the hearing and the proponent of the statement has been
unable to procure the declarant's attendance (or in the case of a hearsay exception
under subsection (b)(2), (3), or (4), the declarant's attendance or testimony) by

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at 32-33. But we reverse McDaniel's convictions and remand for a new trial based on

constitutional deficiency, not evidentiary error. Apart from any hearsay question, the

confrontation clause requires that we determine whether the evidence was testimonial under

Crawford and its progeny. Kirkpatrick, 160 Wn.2d at 882.

But even if we were to address Miller's recitation of absent witnesses' conclusions about

Tony Guns' identity as hearsay, we could not join the dissent's reasoning. Were we to agree that

the gang member interviewed in jail, Yarbrough's girl friend, and other unidentified persons were

somehow "intimately associated with" McDaniel's family -- a questionable extension of ER

804(b)(4) and a particularly difficult conclusion when their identities are not in the record -- there

was nevertheless no showing that these individuals were "unavailable" for trial. ER 804(b). This

rule requires the proponent of such evidence to establish a witness-declarant's unavailability. See

State v. DeSantiago, 149 Wn.2d 402, 410-11, 68 P.3d 1065 (2003); Rice v. Janovich, 109 Wn.2d

48, 57-58, 742 P.2d 1230 (1987); Kinsman v. Englander, 140 Wn. App. 835, 840, 167 P.3d 622

process or other reasonable means.
(6) A declarant is not unavailable as a witness if the exemption, refusal,
claim of lack of memory, inability, or absence is due to the procurement or
wrongdoing of the proponent of a statement for the purpose of preventing the
witness from attending or testifying.
(b) Hearsay Exceptions. The following are not excluded by the hearsay
rule if the declarant is unavailable as a witness:
. . . .
(4) Statement of Personal or Family History. (i) A statement concerning
the declarant's own birth, adoption, marriage, divorce, legitimacy, relationship by
blood, adoption, or marriage, ancestry, or other similar fact of personal or family
history, even though declarant had no means of acquiring personal knowledge of
the matter stated; or (ii) a statement concerning the foregoing matters, and death
also, of another person, if the declarant was related to the other by blood,
adoption, or marriage or was so intimately associated with the other's family as to
be likely to have accurate information concerning the matter declared.


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(2007). The dissent does not consider the absence of this necessary evidence. Finally, the State

could properly elicit testimony that Banks identified a photograph of Maurice McDaniel -- the

defendant's legal name, not any nickname, as the dissent suggests.

On this record, we must conclude that Miller lacked personal, first-hand knowledge of

McDaniel's nickname and that his testimony merely repeated testimonial out-of-court statements

that McDaniel was known as "Tony Guns." Therefore, we hold that Miller's testimony regarding

McDaniel violated the confrontation clause and that the trial court erred by permitting such


D. Harmless Error

Next, we determine whether Miller's testimony about McDaniel was harmless. "The

admission of a hearsay statement in violation of the confrontation clause is a classic trial error.

This is so because a reviewing court may evaluate the possible effect of the hearsay statement in

the context of all the evidence presented at trial." State v. Watt, 160 Wn.2d 626, 633, 160 P.3d

640 (2007). "[C]onstitutional error is presumed to be prejudicial and the State bears the burden

of proving that the error was harmless." Watt, 160 Wn.2d at 635. "If the untainted evidence is so

overwhelming that it necessarily leads to a finding of the defendant's guilt, the error is harmless."

Koslowski, 166 Wn.2d at 431.

Here, there is compelling evidence that McDaniel was the person who shot Banks. Banks

pointed out Marlow as the vehicle's driver and McDaniel as the shooter in the photomontages and
at trial.17

17 Because we also hold that evidence of McDaniel's purported flight was error, we do not
consider such evidence to be untainted for purposes of this harmless error analysis.


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But the jury also heard constitutionally tainted evidence from Miller, a police officer, that

McDaniel was "Tony Guns" -- evidence that significantly strengthened the State's case. Even

without Banks' testimony, Miller's identification was likely sufficient to convince a jury to convict

McDaniel. While the tapes of the telephone calls were admissible in the joint trial to show that

they were made to Marlow's residence, the State presented the telephone calls to the jury as

confessions by "Reese" and "Tony Guns," thus rendering Miller's testimony highly prejudicial.

Had Miller not been allowed to identify McDaniel as "Tony Guns," based on other people's

statements, those witnesses would have had to testify and would have been subject to cross-


We hold that, without the unconstitutional evidence, the remaining evidence was not

overwhelming that McDaniel was the "Tony Guns" who shot Banks. Accordingly, we reverse

McDaniel's conviction and remand for a new trial. We address other issues related to Marlow

and those that may arise during a retrial involving McDaniel.

II. Evidence Relating to McDaniel's Arrest

McDaniel next argues that the trial court abused its discretion by admitting evidence of
circumstances surrounding his arrest, which he contends did not constitute a flight.18 We agree.

18 "'The purpose of a motion in limine is to dispose of legal matters so counsel will not be forced
to make comments in the presence of the jury which might prejudice his presentation.'" State v.
Kelly, 102 Wn.2d 188, 193, 685 P.2d 564 (1984) (quoting State v. Evans, 96 Wn.2d 119, 123-24,
634 P.2d 845 (1981)). Therefore, "[u]nless the trial court indicates further objections are
required when making its ruling, its decision is final, and the party losing the motion in limine has
a standing objection." Kelly, 102 Wn.2d at 193. Here, we review the issue because counsel
appeared to have a standing objection.


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A. Challenged Ruling

Before trial, McDaniel's counsel moved to suppress any evidence relating to McDaniel's

arrest, arguing that it was highly prejudicial with very little probative value. The trial court ruled:

There's lot of evidence that comes in that the trier of fact could look at and say,
well, this is just a matter of the girlfriend being scared of the police and driving off;
it doesn't reflect badly on Mr. McDaniel, and his lack of cooperation is just a guy
that is either protecting his girlfriend or doesn't like the police and was just in a
bad mood, and it doesn't mean anything. And if that's the interpretation the jury
reaches, so be it.
On the other hand, the jury could look at that same evidence and
say, hey, he's in the car, he's got a guilty mind, he's part of a flight, and his lack of
cooperation underscores that. That's the kind of thing we impanel juries to do.
They make decisions about facts that might be interpreted one way and might be
interpreted another, so I am going to deny the request.

RP (Nov. 14, 2007 am) at 63-64.
B. Evidence of Flight and ER 40319

"Analytically, flight is an admission by conduct. Evidence of flight is admissible if it

creates 'a reasonable and substantive inference that defendant's departure from the scene was an

instinctive or impulsive reaction to a consciousness of guilt or was a deliberate effort to evade

arrest and prosecution.'" State v. Freeburg, 105 Wn. App. 492, 497, 20 P.3d 984 (2001)

(footnote omitted) (quoting State v. Nichols, 5 Wn. App. 657, 660, 491 P.2d 677 (1971)). Our

law does not define what circumstances constitute flight, so "evidence of resistance to arrest,

concealment, assumption of a false name, and related conduct are admissible" if the trier of fact

can reasonably infer the defendant's consciousness of guilt of the charged crime. Freeburg, 105

Wn. App. at 497-98.

19 ER 403 provides, "Although relevant, evidence may be excluded if its probative value is
substantially outweighed by the danger of unfair prejudice, confusion of the issues, or misleading
the jury, or by considerations of undue delay, waste of time, or needless presentation of
cumulative evidence."

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Such evidence "tends to be only marginally probative as to the ultimate issue of guilt or

innocence[, so] the circumstance or inference of consciousness of guilt must be substantial and

real, not speculative, conjectural, or fanciful." Freeburg, 105 Wn. App. at 498. We will not

accept "[p]yramiding vague inference upon vague inference [to] supplant the absence of basic

facts or circumstances from which the essential inference of an actual flight must be drawn."

State v. Bruton, 66 Wn.2d 111, 113, 401 P.2d 340 (1965).

[T]he probative value of evidence of flight "as circumstantial evidence of guilt
depends upon the degree of confidence with which four inferences can be drawn:
(1) from the defendant's behavior to flight; (2) from flight to consciousness of
guilt; (3) from consciousness of guilt to consciousness of guilt concerning the
crime charged; and (4) from consciousness of guilt concerning the crime charged
to actual guilt of the crime charged."

Freeburg, 105 Wn. App. at 498 (quoting United States v. Myers, 550 F.2d 1036, 1049 (5th Cir.

1977)). Fundamentally, an inference of flight requires evidence of volitional behavior by the
defendant, not another person.20 See Freeburg, 105 Wn. App. at 498.

Here, the circumstances of McDaniel's arrest do not appear to support the first of

Freeburg's four inferences -- that McDaniel's behavior caused the purported flight. McDaniel

was not driving the vehicle -- his girl friend was. Nothing in the record suggested that she fled law

enforcement under his command, so this evidence forced jurors to speculate what he did or did

20 The parties failed to cite and we cannot find any Washington cases involving the admission of
flight evidence involving a vehicle's passenger. But in State v. Salazar, 112 Ariz. 355, 356, 541
P.2d 1157 (1975), the Arizona Supreme Court concluded that "[t]he fact that the defendant is
present as a passenger in the vehicle involved in the flight is not sufficient in and of itself to
support the giving of an instruction on the ramifications of flight." It explained why such a jury
instruction was improper: "If [the defendant] had been the driver of the vehicle the resultant
police chase would support an instruction on flight. However, to impute the actions of the driver
to a passenger without evidence to show that he encouraged the flight would be creating a
presumption which is controverted by the evidence." Salazar, 112 Ariz. at 357.


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not tell her. We can just as easily suppose that her actions demonstrated her consciousness of

guilt or fear of arrest.

The State highlights McDaniel's refusal to cooperate with police after they rammed the

vehicle in which he was driven. But evidence that he resisted arrest is admissible only if the jury

can infer consciousness of guilt of the charged crimes, which occurred nine months earlier. See

Freeburg, 105 Wn. App. at 498. And the record reveals that McDaniel was wanted on several

warrants, not just the one related to this incident.

We conclude that evidence of the police chase and arrest had limited probative value and

an unfair danger of prejudice because nothing demonstrated that McDaniel's flight was volitional.

Evidence of his unruly arrest was a closer question but nevertheless unfairly prejudicial under

these circumstances. This evidence did not allow a direct inference as to McDaniel's

consciousness of guilt for shooting Banks. Thus, we hold that the trial court abused its discretion

in admitting evidence of the police chase and his actions in resisting arrest and such evidence will

not be permitted at retrial.

III. McDaniel's Jury Instruction Challenges

McDaniel also challenges two jury instructions that he claims deprived him of a fair trial.

First, he claims that the to-convict instruction for attempted first degree murder, number 14, was

flawed because it did not require the jury to find a premeditated, deliberate intent. Second, he

maintains that the premeditation instruction, number 12, inaccurately defined premeditation. He

argues that these instructions did not adequately clarify the difference between premeditation and


But absent a claim of constitutional magnitude, we may refuse to address on appeal any


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specific claim of error that a party did not raise in the trial court. RAP 2.5(a). A party objecting

to a jury instruction must "state the reasons for the objection, specifying the number, paragraph,

and particular part of the instruction to be given or refused." CrR 6.15(c). Where objection to "a

proposed instruction fail[ed] to advise the trial court of any particular point of law involved," we

will not consider those arguments on appeal. State v. Scherer, 77 Wn.2d 345, 352, 462 P.2d 549


Here, Marlow took exception to instruction 12. Although he noted that he "had

processed some language" from a federal case that he thought the trial court should incorporate,

he never stated what that language was or otherwise articulated the basis of his objection. RP

(Dec. 6, 2008) at 1084. McDaniel joined this vague objection but neither proposed an alternative

instruction. McDaniel's counsel did not challenge instruction 14. As such, McDaniel waived any
appeal on instructions 12 and 14.21

21 Even if we were to consider the merits of McDaniel's challenge to instruction 12, the trial
court's premeditation instruction was identical to 11 Washington Practice: Washington Pattern
Jury Instructions: Criminal 26.01.01, at 360 (3d ed. 2008) (WPIC). In cases involving virtually
identical challenges to WPIC 26.01.01, the Washington Supreme Court has repeatedly held that
this model instruction adequately states the law on premeditation and characterized such
challenges as frivolous. See, e.g., State v. Clark, 143 Wn.2d 731, 770-71, 24 P.3d 1006 (2001);
In re Pers. Restraint of Lord, 123 Wn.2d 296, 317, 868 P.2d 835, clarified on other issues, 123
Wn.2d 737, 870 P.2d 964 (1994).
McDaniel also argues that the purported flaws in these instructions constituted manifest
constitutional errors under RAP 2.5(a)(3). But his RAP 2.5(a)(3) argument merely repeats the
above frivolous claim and we do not consider it.


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IV. Motion to Sever Charges and Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

Marlow and McDaniel claim that the trial court's refusal to sever their first degree
unlawful firearm possession charges constituted an abuse of discretion.22 McDaniel also argues

that the trial court's failure to give the promised limiting instruction, combined with its refusal to

sever, denied him a fair trial. We disagree with all of these contentions.

A. Standard of Review

We review a trial court's refusal to sever charges for an abuse of discretion. State v.

Bythrow, 114 Wn.2d 713, 717, 790 P.2d 154 (1990). "A claim of ineffective assistance of

counsel presents a mixed question of fact and law reviewed de novo." State v. Sutherby, 165

Wn.2d 870, 883, 204 P.3d 916 (2009).

B. Challenged Rulings

Both defense counsel moved to sever the unlawful firearm possession charge from the

remaining charges. Defense counsel did not brief the motion and the trial court said that it would

consider only filed briefs. The trial court allowed defense counsel another chance to provide

authority on the issue before swearing in the jury.

The next day, neither defense counsel submitted any briefing but they nevertheless argued

for severance of the unlawful possession charges. The trial court ruled:

All right. As to the question of it not being timely, and/or not fully briefed, I am
going to assume since [CrR 4.4] allows for this to be brought anytime during the
trial, that it is timely. Although, it's presented in a way certainly that doesn't give
the Court the advantage of full briefing, or being able to consider it at the Court's
leisure. I think the lack of briefing has got to work against the defense, and

22 In addition, Marlow and McDaniel fault the trial court's initial comments addressing the
severance question, arguing that its requirement that counsel provide written briefing or
controlling authority before considering severance "constituted an abuse of discretion because it
amounted to a refusal to exercise discretion." Br. of Appellant (Marlow) at 8. But the trial court
nevertheless addressed whether severance was appropriate without written briefing.

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certainly at this juncture I haven't been presented any case authority that suggests
that this is other than an area of discretion that the Court has.
In looking at the merits of it, we know that separate trials are not favored
for a couple of reasons, one of which is judicial economy and preservation of
resources. A second is when you start chopping cases up into pieces, you end up
getting results that become inconsistent, and thereby, can be unfair to one or all
The other factors the Court is to look to are the relative strengths of the
State's evidence with regard to the varying counts. And it appears to me that the
strengths are very similar with regard to the firearms count, as opposed to the
other counts. The evidence that's conceded is virtually identical, except for the
existence of the underlying juvenile charge. In looking at the fact that it's a
juvenile conviction, I note that 609[23] does not exclude all juvenile convictions. It
says that juvenile adjudications are generally not admissible, but for a fair
adjudication, they can be utilized.
So it's not an all or nothing situation. I don't think the fact that they are
not admissible under 609 necessarily, though, even answers the question of
whether or not it's appropriate to bring them up under another theory, which is as
an element of a crime. So there are different considerations there.
Finally, I note that as the State has pointed out, there is the intent to give a
limiting instruction. So for all those reasons, I don't find it appropriate to sever
the firearms counts.

RP (Nov. 28, 2007) at 193-95. The defendants failed to renew their severance motions during


C. Preservation of Issues

CrR 4.4(a) provides:

(1) A defendant's motion for severance of offenses or defendants must be made
before trial, except that a motion for severance may be made before or at the close
of all the evidence if the interests of justice require. Severance is waived if the
motion is not made at the appropriate time.
(2) If a defendant's pretrial motion for severance was overruled he may
renew the motion on the same ground before or at the close of all the evidence.
Severance is waived by failure to renew the motion.

Here, whereas the defendants timely moved to sever their unlawful firearm possession charges, it

23 ER 609(d) states, in part, "Evidence of juvenile adjudications is generally not admissible under
this rule."


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appears that they failed to renew their motions before or at the close of all the evidence.

Accordingly, we hold that this issue is waived and address it only within the discussion of

ineffective counsel.

D. Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

Marlow and McDaniel claim that their counsel were ineffective by failing to (1) provide

the trial court authority for severing the unlawful possession of firearm counts or (2) request a

limiting instruction that evidence of their prior convictions was admissible only for the purposes of

the unlawful possession charges. They argue that judicial economy did not outweigh the

prejudice because the trial court could have held a "bench trial following the jury trial on the other

charges, at which the court could decide whether the prosecution proved first degree unlawful
possession as charged."24 Br. of Appellant (McDaniel) at 15. They attack the trial court's

reasoning that "when you start chopping cases up into pieces, you end up getting results that

become inconsistent." RP (Nov. 28, 2007) at 194. These claims fail.

When a defendant argues ineffective assistance of counsel, he must show that his counsel's

performance was deficient and resulted in prejudice. Strickland v. Washington, 466 U.S. 668,

687, 104 S. Ct. 2052, 80 L. Ed. 2d 674 (1984); State v. McFarland, 127 Wn.2d 322, 334-35, 899

P.2d 1251 (1995). "To show deficient representation, the defendant must show that it fell below

an objective standard of reasonableness based on all the circumstances." State v. Nichols, 161

Wn.2d 1, 8, 162 P.3d 1122 (2007). He must overcome our strong presumption that his counsel

represented him adequately and effectively, possibly by showing the absence of a legitimate

24 We note, however, that the defendants likely would not have been barred from demanding a
subsequent jury trial on the firearm charges should they have chosen to contest a bench trial on
severed counts. See U.S. Const. amend. VI.

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strategic or tactical basis for the challenged conduct. See Nichols, 161 Wn.2d at 8; McFarland,

127 Wn.2d at 335-36. "In assessing performance, 'the court must make every effort to eliminate

the distorting effects of hindsight.'" Nichols, 161 Wn.2d at 8 (quoting In re Pers. Restraint of

Rice, 118 Wn.2d 876, 888, 828 P.2d 1086 (1992)). To demonstrate prejudice, the defendant

must establish "a reasonable probability that, but for counsel's unprofessional errors, the outcome

of the proceeding would have been different." Nichols, 161 Wn.2d at 8.

Washington law disfavors separate trials. State v. Medina, 112 Wn. App. 40, 52, 48 P.3d

1005 (2002). "Severance of charges is important when there is a risk that the jury will use the

evidence of one crime to infer the defendant's guilt for another crime or to infer a general criminal

disposition." Sutherby, 165 Wn.2d at 883. Marlow and McDaniel must demonstrate that

submission of their counsel's briefing and a limiting instruction were necessary to avoid a trial that

"would be so manifestly prejudicial as to outweigh the concern for judicial economy." Bythrow,

114 Wn.2d at 718.

Four factors mitigate prejudice to the accused, none of which is dispositive: "'(1) the

strength of the State's evidence on each count; (2) the clarity of the defenses as to each count; (3)

court instructions to the jury to consider each count separately; and (4) the admissibility of

evidence of the other charges even if not joined for trial.'" Sutherby, 165 Wn.2d at 884-85

(quoting State v. Russell, 125 Wn.2d 24, 63, 882 P.2d 747 (1994)); see State v. Warren, 55 Wn.

App. 645, 655, 779 P.2d 1159 (1989). Regarding this last factor, the trial court need not sever

counts just because evidence is not cross admissible. State v. Markle, 118 Wn.2d 424, 439, 823

P.2d 1101 (1992).

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the requested briefing and made the proper analysis. In considering the relative strength of the

State's evidence, we agree with the trial court's finding that evidence on the several counts was

similarly incriminating. And had the defendants not both stipulated to an element of first degree

unlawful possession of a firearm -- that they had "previously been adjudicated guilty of a felony as

a juvenile, defined as a serious offense" -- the State apparently had solid evidence of their prior

convictions. RP (Nov. 28, 2007) at 227-28. The second consideration also weighs against

Marlow and McDaniel because their defenses -- general denial -- were clear to the jury.

With respect to the third factor, the trial court agreed to give a specific limiting instruction

but did not do so. But the trial court instructed the jury that "[a] separate crime is charged in

each count. You must decide each count separately. Your verdict on one count should not

control your verdict on any other count." Clerk's Papers (McDaniel) at 40. Our courts have

repeatedly approved and relied on essentially the same instruction in upholding decisions denying

severance. Bythrow, 114 Wn.2d at 723; State v. Cotten, 75 Wn. App. 669, 688 & n.14, 879 P.2d

971 (1994). And we presume that jurors follow instructions. State v. Lough, 125 Wn.2d 847,

864, 889 P.2d 487 (1995).

Regarding cross admissibility, Marlow and McDaniel argue that evidence of their juvenile

convictions would prejudice the jury to believe they were criminals anyway, with a propensity to

commit violent crimes. Juvenile convictions are presumed inadmissible and very prejudicial

because a jury could view them as propensity evidence. ER 609(d); State v. Hardy, 133 Wn.2d

701, 706, 946 P.2d 1175 (1997). But the State made little use of Marlow's and McDaniel's prior

convictions. In fact, following the stipulations at the trial's opening, no one mentioned them until

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On balance, severance was not necessary because the prejudice was significantly

ameliorated. The evidence was easy for a jury to compartmentalize and the trial court minimized

prejudice through its instructions. The record as a whole demonstrates that counsel represented

Marlow and McDaniel aggressively and effectively, successfully convincing the trial court to
redact the audio recordings and exclude all evidence of the defendants' gang memberships.25

Before trial, defense counsel argued the severance issue by calling the trial court's attention to
CrR 4.4 and ER 609 and explaining the prejudice that Marlow and McDaniel claimed.26 And it

appears that they may have had tactical reasons not to ask for a limiting instruction, namely, to

not call attention to the incriminating stipulation. Furthermore, because the jury deliberated for

days and ultimately could not decide Marlow's attempted murder count, these stipulations did not

appear to unduly prejudice jury deliberations. As such, we hold that Marlow and McDaniel

cannot establish either legal prong and that their claims of ineffective assistance fail.

V. Sufficiency of the Evidence that Marlow was an Accomplice

Marlow next argues that the State's evidence was insufficient to convict him as an

accomplice to McDaniel's first degree robbery. Specifically, he contends that there was no

25 As far as we can find, the only explicit mention of the word "gang" before the jury involved an
officer's brief answer to the question, "[H]ow long . . . does it normally take to drive from 45th all
the way down to 43rd, down that alleyway?" RP (Dec. 3, 2007) at 685. The officer responded:
Usually when I am driving -- we have a large gang problem in this area, sir, so
usually when I am driving through this area, it's slow. I have the lights on. I am
looking for any type of gang activity, or people that I need to stop and identify and
make contact with. So I am never driving very fast.
RP (Dec. 3, 2007) at 685.

26 Marlow's counsel noted that he "looked at case law, and . . . couldn't find references where
specifically juvenile offenses were dealt with [] regard to firearms. . . . So I didn't find anything
terrifically on point." RP (Nov. 28, 2007) at 189. This suggests that counsel made a tactical
decision to forgo written briefing in lieu of oral argument.


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evidence that McDaniel told Marlow that he planned to rob Banks, rather than sell him drugs.27

We disagree.

A. Standard of Review

When reviewing a challenge to the sufficiency of the evidence, we determine whether any

rational fact finder could have found the essential elements of the charged crime beyond a

reasonable doubt, viewing the trial evidence in the light most favorable to the State. State v.

Brockob, 159 Wn.2d 311, 336, 150 P.3d 59 (2006). An insufficiency claim "admits the truth of

the State's evidence and all inferences that reasonably can be drawn therefrom." State v. Salinas,

119 Wn.2d 192, 201, 829 P.2d 1068 (1992). We treat direct and circumstantial evidence as

equally reliable and we defer to the trier of fact on issues of conflicting testimony, witness

credibility, and the persuasiveness of evidence. State v. Delmarter, 94 Wn.2d 634, 638, 618 P.2d

99 (1980); State v. Walton, 64 Wn. App. 410, 415-16, 824 P.2d 533 (1992).

B. Sufficient Evidence of Accomplice to First Degree Robbery

Under RCW 9A.08.020(3), an individual is guilty as an accomplice if he or she "solicits,

commands, encourages, or requests" another person to commit a crime or aids in its planning or

commission, knowing that his or her act will promote or facilitate the commission of the crime.

The State must prove more than a person's physical presence at the crime scene and assent to

establish accomplice liability. State v. Everybodytalksabout, 145 Wn.2d 456, 472-73, 39 P.3d

294 (2002). But "'the State need not show that the principal and accomplice share the same

mental state.'" State v. Hoffman, 116 Wn.2d 51, 104, 804 P.2d 577 (1991) (internal quotation

27 We recognize that this contention suggests that McDaniel was the passenger in Marlow's
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marks omitted) (quoting State v. Guloy, 104 Wn.2d 412, 431, 705 P.2d 1182 (1985)). "The

word 'aid' means all assistance whether given by words, acts, encouragement, support, or

presence." 11 Washington Practice: Washington Pattern Jury Instructions: Criminal 10.51, at

217 (3d ed. 2008).

After Banks approached the vehicle seeking to purchase marijuana, the passenger told him

to follow the vehicle up the road. The passenger was already armed with the gun when Banks

caught up with the vehicle and approached to buy drugs. The passenger took Banks' money and

shot him repeatedly; the driver sped away. This evidence leads to reasonable inferences that

Marlow, as the driver, both positioned the vehicle for a quick getaway and allowed time for the

shooter to draw his gun to confront Banks. Viewing facts in the light most favorable to the State,

we hold that the State presented sufficient evidence to convict Marlow as an accomplice to first

degree robbery.
We affirm Marlow's convictions28 but vacate McDaniel's convictions and remand for a

new trial.

Van Deren, C.J.

I concur:

Armstrong, J.

28 RCW 9A.08.020(6) permits reversal of the principal's conviction without reversing the
codefendant accomplice's conviction. See State v. Bobenhouse, 143 Wn. App. 315, 322-24, 177
P.3d 209 (2008), aff'd, 166 Wn.2d 881, 214 P.3d 907 (2009).

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Quinn-Brintnall, J. (dissenting in part) -- I concur with the majority that Direce

Christopher Marlow's conviction should be affirmed. I write separately to respectfully dissent

from the majority's holding that Detective Gene Miller's testimony recounting Maurice M.

McDaniel's and Marlow's true names requires reversal of McDaniel's conviction. In my opinion

the majority's confrontation clause analysis regarding Miller's trial testimony is unnecessary

because the testimony was admissible to explain why he placed photographs of Marlow and

McDaniel in the montage and because there is no showing that Miller repeated any out-of-court

hearsay statements to the jury. Moreover, in light of Cashundo Banks's unequivocal identification

that McDaniel and Marlow were the two men who shot him and left him to die in the street, any

error in admitting Miller's testimony regarding the perpetrators' true names was unquestionably

harmless. Because I would affirm both Marlow's and McDaniel's convictions, I respectfully


In a telephone conversation recorded with notice by the Pierce County jail, "Tony Guns"

and "Reese" bragged to inmate Verrick Yarbrough about a shooting at 45th Street in Tacoma.

While investigating a homicide involving Yarbrough, Detective Miller listened to 70 hours of

recorded telephone conversations that Yarbrough made from the jail. Miller's subsequent

investigation revealed that on July 29, 2006, Banks had been shot at 45th Street in Tacoma.

Miller continued investigating the Banks shooting and learned that "Tony Guns's" true name was

McDaniel, while "Reese" was Marlow's moniker. Miller used this information to create two

photomontages - one containing McDaniel's photo and the other containing Marlow's. Using

these montages, eight months after the shooting, Banks unequivocally identified McDaniel as the

man who shot him and Marlow as the driver of the car.


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At trial, McDaniel and Marlow moved in limine to exclude Detective Miller's testimony

regarding their true names. Although I agree with the majority that Miller lacked personal

knowledge, his testimony about the defendants' names was based on his entire investigation - not

just statements of other gang members - and was admissible to explain how he came to include
McDaniel's and Marlow's photos in the photomontages.29 Because Miller's testimony was

otherwise admissible for purposes of explaining the composition of the photomontages, it was not

a prejudicial error when the jury heard it in connection with the recordings of the telephone

conversation. See, e.g., United States v. Cawley, 630 F.2d 1345, 1349-50 (9th Cir. 1980) (listing

cases in which agents were allowed to testify to statements by informants because those

statements were not offered to prove the truth of the matter asserted but rather to explain why

law enforcement officers conducted the investigation); State v. Iverson, 126 Wn. App. 329, 336-

37, 108 P.3d 799 (2005) (holding that evidence of woman's self-identification was not hearsay

and was admissible for the limited purpose of explaining the officers' subsequent investigation).

When evidence is improperly admitted for one purpose but could have been properly admitted for

another, the error is harmless. See State v. Foxhoven, 161 Wn.2d 168, 179, 163 P.3d 786 (2007)

(admission of evidence under ER 404(b) exception is harmless when the evidence is properly

29 Detective Miller testified at the pretrial hearing regarding exclusion of testimony about "Tony
Guns's" and "Reese's" true names. He testified that he could not positively identify that the
voices on the recordings were McDaniel and Marlow. I note that a trial court may require or
allow defendants to produce voice exemplars. See United States v. Dionisio, 410 U.S. 1, 7, 93 S.
Ct. 764, 35 L. Ed. 2d 67 (1973) (holding that suspects could be compelled to read a transcript in
order to provide a voice exemplar, explaining that the "voice recordings were to be used solely to
measure the physical properties of the witnesses' voices, not for the testimonial or communicative
content of what was to be said"); State v. Collins, 152 Wn. App. 429, 440, 216 P.3d 463 (2009)
(holding that a trial court may compel a defendant to provide a voice exemplar without offending
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admitted under a different exception).
In addition, unlike most statements challenged under Crawford,30 all names (except

perhaps those who are self-named, such as the identifier of the artist formerly known as Prince)

are technically hearsay, as is the learning and stating of them. Evidence rules do not require

exclusion of someone's name or personal family history. "'Hearsay' is a statement, other than one

made by the declarant while testifying at the trial or hearing, offered in evidence to prove the truth

of the matter asserted." ER 801(c). And ER 804(b)(4)(i) expressly provides that statements

concerning the declarant's own birth, adoption, marriage, divorce, legitimacy, relationship by

blood, marriage, ancestry, or other similar facts concerning personal or family history are

admissible even if the declarant is unavailable to testify and had no means of acquiring personal

knowledge of the matter stated. This same information can also be testified to by a declarant who

is related to the other by blood, adoption, marriage, or is so intimately associated with the other's

family that the declarant is likely to have accurate information concerning the declared matter,

which in this case was a true name. See ER 804(b)(4)(ii). At the pretrial hearing, Detective

Miller testified that, in addition to other information revealed during the course of his

investigation, he learned "Tony Guns's" and "Reese's" true names from persons "immediately

associated" with the McDaniel and Marlow families. See ER 804(b)(4)(ii).

During the pretrial hearing, Detective Miller testified that G.H., a witness in the

Yarbrough case, told Miller that there was evidence of witness tampering in jail recordings of

telephone conversations between Yarbrough, Reese, and Tony Guns. In an earlier search of

Marlow's residence, conducted via search warrant issued in the Yarbrough case, police seized

30 Crawford v. Washington, 541 U.S. 36, 124 S. Ct. 1354, 158 L. Ed. 2d 177 (2004).


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gang paraphernalia including a photograph of Yarbrough and Marlow. Writing on the photo

identified Yarbrough as "V-Real" and Marlow as "Reese."

At the pretrial hearing, Detective Miller testified that gang members associated with both

Marlow and McDaniel identified McDaniel as "Tony Guns." Although Miller testified at trial that

"Tony Guns's" true name was McDaniel, McDaniel did not cross-examine Miller regarding his

basis of knowledge for this identification.

Importantly, the recorded telephone conversations provided Detective Miller information

independent of the other gang members' statements that corroborated Miller's identification of

McDaniel as "Tony Guns." For example, in one phone conversation, Yarbrough and Marlow talk

about how "Tony Guns" got kicked out of his grandmother's place for getting caught with a

weapon. Miller knew that around the same time as the recorded conversation, McDaniel had

been kicked out of his grandmother's home and had to move in with his mother. In another

unrelated police contact, McDaniel impersonated Marlow's brother Marvin.

Detective Miller described his investigation as follows:

[Miller:] Well, after hearing this conversation, or this series of conversations, it
was clear that it was a shooting. It was clear that it was some type of drug
deal gone sideways. I believe that it occurred on 45th Street. The victim
had a bicycle, and so all I did was query our data base for any shootings
that took place along the 45th Street corridor. I think I went back a period
of 30 days, and as it turned out, there was only one, and that one happened
to be this case where the victim was on a bicycle. It was a dope deal gone
sideways. The victim was shot, and it did occur on 45th Street.

1 Report of Proceedings (RP) at 67.

[Miller:] I didn't initially get called out to the scene. This case was actually
assigned to another detective initially, and it was only through my
investigation of [Yarbrough for] the Sims homicide that we developed
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1 RP at 69.

[McDaniel's Defense Attorney:] And so essentially, well, let me ask you, how
many people have actually identified Mr. McDaniel as being Tony Guns,
and who are these individuals?
[Miller:] Well, like I said before, I remember specifically [G.H., D.W.]. I
remember [M.T.] identifying Direce. I don't remember for certain if she
said Maurice. [K.C.].[31] Those are the ones that I can specifically
remember, although I remember there being others. I don't remember
specifically who.

1 RP at 72.

[Prosecutor:] I want to make clear, all the phone calls that are referred to by the
transcript, as well as predominantly those involving Mr. Marlow and Mr.
McDaniel, go into the Marlow residence. They are from the jail to the
Marlow residence?
[Miller:] Yes. At the time, all I knew was that the phone number provided to me
by [G.H.] saying that's where the numbers were. He believed that it was
three-way calls and it was coming from that number. The subsequent
check revealed that that phone number did belong to the residence there on
34th Street.

1 RP at 79.

[Miller:] There is a number of phone conversations where an individual identified
himself as Tony Guns, Maurice McDaniel is telling Verrick about how they
got stopped, him, [T.S.], Direce, and I think [W.T.], who goes by the
street name of [T***], were all stopped. And Maurice claimed to be
Marvin, but he spelled his name wrong, M-A-R-V-O-N, and that type of a
thing. And this was -- they were saying that that incident took place the
day before, and that the officer had, I think it was [Marlow's mother] that
they talked to, in order to cancel the runaway report that Marvin had, and
they were joking about all of that.
There was, in fact, a runaway report on Marvin Marlow, and that
report, or the runaway was canceled on August 14th, which would have
been the day before this phone conversation. And that was when the
vehicle was stopped by officers by the Tacoma Police Department.
[Prosecutor:] Okay. So any reference to Marvin is actually --
[Miller:] It was Tony Guns because he was claiming [in the telephone
conversation] to [be] Marvin, for whatever reason. They found some
marijuana in the car, and I don't remember what else was there, but he,

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based on the phone transcripts, or the phone conversation, was providing
that name in order to avoid apprehension, or detention, or identification.
[Prosecutor:] And you verified that those incidents actually occurred?
[Miller:] Yes.
[Prosecutor:] Okay. Now, meaning the police reports and etcetera you verified
[Miller:] Yes.
[Prosecutor:] You were asked, I believe by the Court, at least at one point, how
did you know, did somebody say their name was Guns, or refer to Guns or
Tony Guns, and can you give the Court just an accurate idea of how often
the individual on the phone, Mr. Yarbrough, would say, let me speak to,
you know, Tony Guns, or let me speak to Reese, those kind of things? We
have at least one reference on the transcript.
[Miller:] There was several. I mean, well over a dozen times where it was those
type of things, and several other instances where Verrick [Yarbrough]
would refer to the person that he was talking to as Guns.
. . . .
[Prosecutor:] I just want to give one example of the people that are telling you
independently who Tony Guns is, specifically. [K.C.]. Just explain to the
Court the circumstances under which you asked [K.C.] if he knows Mr.
[Miller:] [K.C.] is currently in custody on an unrelated gang homicide. During the
course of the conversation I had with him, with his defense counsel
present, because I had knowledge that he had been arrested with Maurice
McDaniel before, I asked [K.C.] if he knew Maurice's street name, or gang
name, and he said Tony Guns.

1 RP at 83-86.

After Detective Miller detailed his investigation leading to "Reese's" and "Tony Guns's"

true names, the trial court denied the defense motion in limine.

Except for statements naming and identifying someone as the perpetrator of a crime,

which K.C. did not do, it is difficult to see how identifying a person's name is "testimonial"

evidence. Because all names are technically hearsay, under the majority's analysis admitting

evidence of a person's true name could never be proved and evidence of a person's name would

always violate Crawford. The trial court did not err in allowing Detective Miller to testify, in


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effect, that the totality of his investigation led him to conclude that "Tony Guns's" true name was

McDaniel. McDaniel challenges the following testimony, asserting that it violated his

confrontation clause rights:

[Prosecutor:] And when you were listening to [the tape] conversations, those that
were discussing this shooting, did they identify themselves?
[Miller:] I am not sure.
[Prosecutor:] By any means did they identify when they were speaking who spoke
to Mr. Yarbrough; is that correct? [sic]
[Miller:] Correct.
[Prosecutor:] Did they identify themselves by any type of name?
[Miller:] They were identified, yes.
[Prosecutor:] Okay. And how many speakers were there that were discussing this
[Miller:] A total of three.
[Prosecutor:] And have you heard the name Tony Guns?
[Miller:] Yes.
[Prosecutor:] And where have you heard that name?
[Miller:] On that jail phone recordings. [sic]
[Prosecutor:] Is that one of three talkers, I guess, that was discussing the shooting
on 45th?
[Miller:] Yes.
[Prosecutor:] Do you know anybody that uses the name Tony Guns?
[Miller:] Yes.
[Prosecutor:] Who?
[Miller:] Maurice McDaniel.
[Prosecutor:] And do you know Maurice McDaniel by sight?
[Miller:] Yes, I do.
[Prosecutor:] Would you point him out for the record, please.
[Miller:] The young man at the end of the table wearing the blue and white
checkered shirt.
[Prosecutor:] For the record, the witness has identified the
Defendant, Maurice McDaniel.
. . . .
[Prosecutor:] Do you know anybody else other than Maurice McDaniel that goes
by the name of Tony Guns?
[Miller:] No.

5 RP at 771-73.

I note that the defense could have but did not cross-examine Detective Miller regarding


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his basis of knowledge for this testimony. Miller's testimony was based on the totality of his

investigation, not just the identifying statements of McDaniel's fellow gang members. Moreover,

no out-of-court statements of identity, other than Banks's identification from the photomontage,

were before the jury. Accordingly, Miller's trial testimony did not violate McDaniel's

confrontation rights.

Assuming the trial court erred in the manner of admitting Miller's testimony of the

defendants' true names, the error was unquestionably harmless. Evidence improperly admitted in

violation of the confrontation clause is subject to a constitutional harmless error test. Lilly v.

Virginia, 527 U.S. 116, 139-40, 119 S. Ct. 1887, 144 L. Ed. 2d 117 (1999); State v. Koslowski,

166 Wn.2d 409, 431, 209 P.3d 479 (2009). "If the untainted evidence is so overwhelming that it
necessarily leads to a finding of the defendant's guilt, the error is harmless."32 Koslowski, 166

Wn.2d at 431.

32 The United States Supreme Court developed a different test to determine whether violations of
the confrontation clause are harmless. In Delaware v. Van Arsdall, 475 U.S. 673, 684, 106 S. Ct.
1431, 89 L. Ed. 2d 674 (1986), the Court said,
The correct inquiry is whether, assuming that the damaging potential of the cross-
examination were fully realized, a reviewing court might nonetheless say that the
error was harmless beyond a reasonable doubt. Whether such an error is harmless
in a particular case depends upon a host of factors, all readily accessible to
reviewing courts. These factors include the importance of the witness' testimony
in the prosecution's case, whether the testimony was cumulative, the presence or
absence of evidence corroborating or contradicting the testimony of the witness on
material points, the extent of cross-examination otherwise permitted, and, of
course, the overall strength of the prosecution's case.
Division One recently employed this test in State v. Saunders, 132 Wn. App. 592, 604, 132 P.3d
743 (2006), review denied, 159 Wn.2d 1017 (2007), and the Washington Practice series notes
some uncertainty regarding which rule Washington courts use for confrontation clause violations.
5 Karl B. Tegland, Washington Practice: Evidence Law and Practice § 103.25, at 110 (5th ed.
2007). Our Supreme Court's 2009 decision in Koslowski, 166 Wn.2d 409, used the
"overwhelming evidence" test without mentioning the Van Arsdall factors, and I apply that test


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The evidence presented to the jury in this case conclusively established that Banks

immediately and unequivocally identified McDaniel and Marlow as his assailants from the

photomontages Detective Miller created after completing the investigation detailed in the pretrial

hearing set out above. Miller testified to Banks's identification as follows:

[Prosecutor:] I would like you to read to the jury the admonition that you read to
Mr. Banks.
[Miller:] You are about to view a group of photographs for the purpose of
identifying a suspect in a crime. The fact that the photographs are shown
to you should not influence your judgment. This group of photographs
may or may not include a photograph of a person who committed this
crime. Therefore, you should not conclude or guess.
You are not obligated to identify anyone. Keep in mind that a
photograph may or may not depict the current appearance of a person who
committed the crime, since people can change their appearance in
numerous ways.
Also, photographs do not always show the true complexion of a
person who could be lighter or darker than shown.
Finally, please do not discuss this case with any other witnesses, nor
indicate in anyway that you have or have not identified anyone. And then
the next section down there, it says, I have fully read and understand the
above statement. And I basically ask them that question, rather than
having them read it themselves, and if they don't have any questions, then
if they don't have any questions, they will sign it. And if they have any
questions they won't sign it until those questions are resolved.
[Prosecutor:] And you said Mr. Banks didn't have questions. Did he sign the
[Miller:] Yes, he did.
[Prosecutor:] And is it dated?
[Miller:] It's dated April 10th of '07.
[Prosecutor:] Which admonition and series of photographs did you show Mr.
Banks first?
[Miller:] I showed him the montage including Direce Marlow first.
[Prosecutor:] Okay. When you showed it to him, what happened? And let me
ask to be clear, you didn't do both admonitions and then show him the
montages. You did one at a time; is that accurate?
[Miller:] Yes. Whenever I am showing multiple montages, I always like to have a
break in between, kind of like to let them clear their brain, kind of a thing.
[Prosecutor:] So the first one that you did was Mr. Marlow?
[Miller:] Yes, I am just going to confirm that but -- yes, it was the one involving
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[Prosecutor:] And what happened when you showed him the photographs?
[Miller:] Well, like I said --
[Marlow's Defense Counsel]: Objection, Your Honor, calls for
The Court: Overruled.[33]
[Miller:] Well, like I said, I read the admonition that is up at the top that I just
read for the jury, and then I provide them with the actual photomontage.
And at that point, all I do is basically sit back and watch them, watch their
eyes and wait for some type of a response. . . .
. . . .
[Prosecutor:] [W]hat was [Banks's] reaction? What happened?
[Miller:] He viewed the montage, scanning all the pictures. He returned his eyes
to the photograph of Mr. Marlow and put his finger on Mr. Marlow's
photo and said wow, man, this is wild. He was the driver. That guy was
the driver.
[Prosecutor:] What was his emotional state when he was saying that?
[Miller:] He was upset. He got emotional in seeing the photo and recognizing the
[Prosecutor:] Can you give the jury any sort of description of what you mean by
he got upset and emotional, and specifically tone of voice, any mannerisms,
or anything that would be more of a description of what you are seeing?
. . . .
[Miller:] Began to tear up, kind of choking back tears, kind of shook his head a
little bit, as he was making those statements, and then following those
[Prosecutor:] You said initially he scanned all of those photos with his eyes, and
then his eyes went to Mr. Marlow and he put his finger on it. How long a
process was that before he put his finger and says the words that you have
indicated that he said?
[Miller:] 20, 30 seconds.
. . . .
[Miller:] He actually signed it, indicating that he selected a particular photograph,
and then there is a narrative below that he wrote.
. . . .
[Prosecutor:] Okay. Now, after that, what happened?
[Miller:] I waited for a couple of minutes. We talked. I don't even remember
what about. It had nothing to do with this case, just to let him clear his
mind and relax for a couple of minutes, because he was upset. And then I
went through the exact same process with him a second time, again,
reading the top of the admonition form, having him sign it. After he
indicated that he had no questions, I showed him the second montage,

33 "A statement is not hearsay if(1) . . . [t]he declarant testifies at the trial or hearing and is
subject to cross examination concerning the statement, and the statement is . . . (iii) one of
identification of a person made after perceiving the person." ER 801(d).

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including -- it included Maurice McDaniel.
[Prosecutor:] How long a time period did you give him to relax?
[Miller:] 2 or 3 minutes.
[Prosecutor:] Did you stay in the room with him?
[Miller:] Yes.
[Prosecutor:] Did you talk to him about the case at all?
[Miller:] No, we talked about everything but the case. I just wanted him to kind
of relax.
[Prosecutor:] And did his demeanor change at all during that time period from
what you described when he pointed out Mr. Marlow?
[Miller:] He calmed down after a minute or so.
[Prosecutor:] And was he able to follow and go along with the process, the
second process, involving Mr. McDaniel?
[Miller:] Yes.
[Prosecutor:] Did he sign the form acknowledging, again, that he understood the
[Miller:] Yes.
[Prosecutor:] Did he have any questions the second time?
[Miller:] No.
[Prosecutor:] After that, did you, in fact, show him the photomontage, including a
photograph of Mr. McDaniel?
[Miller:] Yes.
[Prosecutor:] And what happened?
[Miller:] Again, he was shown the montage after being advised of the admonition.
And at that point, when he looked at the montage, again, he, I mean, he
just flat out started to cry. He pointed to Mr. McDaniel's photo, and his
exact words were, "That's the fucker that shot me."
[Prosecutor:] Did he say anything else in regard to identifying Mr. McDaniel?
[Miller:] Well, he was pretty upset, for probably about a minute. I couldn't
understand anything that he was saying. When he finally calmed down a
little bit, I asked him to clarify what he was regarding, and his comment to
me was, "I can't believe they just left me there to die. They just didn't
care." And he, again, referred to the photograph selected as the person
that shot him.
[Prosecutor:] Did you have him document on the actual photomontage the person
that he picked?
[Miller:] Yes. Again, I asked him to circle and sign below the photograph that he
[Prosecutor:] And did you also have him complete the lower portion of the
admonition form?
[Miller:] Yes, he -- I filled out what needed to be filled out. He signed it, dated it,
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5 RP at 786-93.

Banks unequivocally, and without hesitation, identified McDaniel as the man who shot him

and left him in the street to die and Marlow as the driver. Detective Miller and Banks testified

and were available for cross examination regarding Banks's montage identification. Moreover,

this evidence was not excludable hearsay. See ER 801(d)(1)(iii) (statements of identification of a

person made after perceiving the person are not hearsay). Later, during the trial, Banks positively

identified Marlow and McDaniel as the men who shot him and left him in the street to die. Before

rendering its verdict, the jury heard Banks's testimony and the defense cross examination. As an

appellate court, we defer to the jury's resolution of conflicting testimony, evaluation of witness

credibility, and decisions regarding the persuasiveness of evidence. State v. Walton, 64 Wn. App.

410, 415-16, 824 P.2d 533, review denied, 119 Wn.2d 1011 (1992). As an appellate court, we

lack authority to substitute our judgment for that of a properly instructed jury such as here. State

v. O'Connell, 83 Wn.2d 797, 839, 523 P.2d 872 (1974) ("The credibility of witnesses and the

weight to be given to the evidence are matters within the province of the jury and even if

convinced that a wrong verdict has been rendered, the reviewing court will not substitute its

judgment for that of the jury, so long as there was evidence which, if believed, would support the

verdict rendered."). The weight and credibility of Banks's identification testimony is not subject

to review and any error in admitting Detective Miller's testimony regarding "Tony Guns's" and

"Reese's" true names was unquestionably harmless. See State v. Watt, 160 Wn.2d 626, 633, 160

P.3d 640 (2007) (Crawford errors are subject to harmless error). Accordingly, both McDaniel's

and Marlow's convictions should be affirmed.



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