The People, etc., respondent, v. Waymon Dawkins, appellant.

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Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department, New York.

The People, etc., respondent, v. Waymon Dawkins, appellant.

2007-10537 (Ind.No. 2809/05)

Decided: February 22, 2011

PETER B. SKELOS, J.P. THOMAS A. DICKERSON LEONARD B. AUSTIN JEFFREY A. COHEN, JJ. Lynn W.L. Fahey, New York, N.Y. (Erica Horwitz of counsel), for appellant, and appellant pro se. Charles J. Hynes, District Attorney, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Leonard Joblove, Amy Appelbaum, and Phyllis Mintz of counsel), for respondent. Contrary to the defendant's contention in his pro se supplemental brief, the hearing court properly denied that branch of his omnibus motion which was to suppress statements he made to law enforcement officials after he was advised of his Miranda rights (see Miranda v Arizona, 384 U.S. 436).   The credibility determinations of the Supreme Court following a suppression hearing are entitled to great deference on appeal and will not be disturbed unless clearly unsupported by the record (see People v Contant, 77 AD3d 967).   Here, there was sufficient evidence to support the Supreme Court's conclusion that the defendant's statements were not involuntary (see People v Gega, 74 AD3d 1229). The defendant's contention, also raised in his pro se supplemental brief, that he was deprived of the effective assistance of counsel is, in part, based on matter dehors the record and, thus, cannot be reviewed on direct appeal (see People v Ariza, 77 AD3d 844).   To the extent that the defendant's contention is not based on matter dehors the record, the defendant received the effective assistance of counsel (id.). The defendant's argument, included in his pro se supplemental brief, that he was deprived of a fair trial due to prosecutorial misconduct during summation, is unpreserved for appellate review (see People v Perez, 77 AD3d 974, 974).   In any event, any error resulting from the challenged remarks was harmless (id.). The defendant's remaining contentions, including those raised in his pro se supplemental brief, are without merit.

Argued-January 24, 2011

DECISION & ORDER

Appeal by the defendant from a judgment of the Supreme Court, Kings County (J. Goldberg, J.), rendered October 22, 2007, convicting him of attempted murder in the first degree, upon a jury verdict, and imposing sentence.   The appeal brings up for review the denial, after a hearing, of those branches of the defendant's omnibus motion which were to suppress statements he made to law enforcement officials, identification testimony, and physical evidence.

ORDERED that the judgment is affirmed.

The defendant's claim that the Supreme Court unduly interfered with the proceedings is without merit (see People v. Thompson, 54 AD3d 975, 976).

SKELOS, J.P., DICKERSON, AUSTIN and COHEN, JJ., concur.

ENTER:

Matthew G. Kiernan

Clerk of the Court

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