|FOR IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE
|FROM: CLERK OF SUPREME COURT OF LOUISIANA
The Opinions handed down on the 1st day of December, 2016, are as follows:
BY JOHNSON, C.J.:
STATE OF LOUISIANA v. JOSEPH TAYLOR (Parish of Orleans)
For the reasons set forth in this opinion, we find no error in the district court’s ruling allowing the state to introduce evidence of defendant’s 1999 PWITD cocaine conviction at trial. However, we find the district court abused its discretion in failing to conduct a pre-trial hearing to determine the admissibility of defendant’s 1998 and 2005 convictions for possession of cocaine. Therefore, we reverse this ruling of the district court and remand the matter to district court to conduct a pre-trial hearing consistent with the guidelines set forth in this opinion.
AFFIRMED IN PART; REVERSED IN PART AND REMANDED. ANY REQUEST FOR REHEARING MUST BE RECEIVED BY THIS COURT WITHIN SEVEN DAYS FROM THE ISSUANCE OF THIS OPINION.
CRICHTON, J., additionally concurs and assigns reasons.