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159612 - People v Dexter Burrell Taylor

The People of the State of Michigan,


Amy Somers





(Appeal from Ct of Appeals)



(Wayne – Lillard, Q.)


Dexter Burrell Taylor,


William Branch





The defendant was convicted by a jury of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and was sentenced to prison for 37 to 80 years.  Among other things, the defendant argued on appeal that the trial court abused its discretion by allowing the prosecution to introduce evidence of a prior sexual assault.  The Court of Appeals affirmed in an unpublished opinion.  The Supreme Court has ordered oral argument on the application to address:  (1) whether the other-acts evidence offered to show a common plan, scheme, or system contained a “striking similarity” to the charged act as required by  People v Denson,  500 Mich 385, 403 (2017); (2) whether the other-acts evidence was admissible under the “doctrine of chances,” see People v Mardlin, 487 Mich 609, 616-617 (2010); and (3) if the evidence was not offered for a proper purpose, whether its admission was harmless.​