US v. Reid, 06-4826
Conviction for conspiracy to distribute cocaine base and murder through the use of a firearm in the course of a drug trafficking crime is affirmed where: 1) although the district court erred in instructing the jury on the conspiracy charge, defendant failed to demonstrate that the error affected his substantial rights; and 2) substantial evidence supported both convictions.
- Argued 02/01/2008
- Decided 04/16/2008
- Published 04/16/2008
Before MICHAEL and SHEDD, Circuit Judges, and LIAM O'GRADY, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia, sitting by designation.
United States Fourth Circuit
ARGUED: David Bruce Betts, Columbia, South Carolina, for Appellant. Mark C. Moore, Office of the United States Attorney, Columbia, South Carolina, for Appellee. ON BRIEF: Reginald I. Lloyd, United States Attorney, Columbia, South Carolina, for Appellee.