Court of Special Appeals Affirms Judgment of John Mullican, IV

FREDERICK – The Court of Special Appeals of Maryland affirmed the conviction against John Mullican, IV in an unreported Opinion filed on February 6, 2019.  The defendant raised four issues on appeal.  First, the Court of Special Appeals found that the appellant’s argument was not preserved in reference that the trial court erred in admitting the 911 call.  Second, the Court ruled that the trial court did not abuse its discretion when it denied appellant’s motion for new trial.  Third, the Court perceived no abuse of discretion in the trial court’s ruling to preclude admission of a defense photo.  Fourth, the Court could not say that the trial court abused its discretion in admitting 19 injury photos into evidence.

On November 7, 2017, John Mullican, IV, of Frederick, Maryland appeared before the Honorable Scott L. Rolle and was sentenced to a total of 25 years in the Division of Correction, with all but 20 years suspended.  Upon completion of his sentence, the defendant will be placed on 5 years of unsupervised probation, with the condition of no contact with the victim.   The defendant will have to serve at least 50% of his sentence before being eligible for parole, as he was convicted of a crime of violence.   A Frederick County jury returned a guilty verdict against John Mullican, IV for First and Second Degree Assault on May 22, 2017.  The State was represented by Assistant State’s Tammy Leache.

On October 26, 2016, deputies from the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of Houck Road in Union Bridge, Maryland in reference to a report of a domestic disturbance in progress.  The victim stated that the defendant grabbed her and slammed her into items of furniture inside her living room.  Multiple lacerations and bruises were observed on the victim’s head, face, and arms.  The victim was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital for treatment.  She suffered a fractured nose, injury to the right eye orbital, a laceration requiring staples on the back of her head and a subarachnoid hemorrhage.

J. Charles Smith, III

State’s Attorney for Frederick County, Maryland