No. 19-2262.

989 F.3d 629 (2021)

UNITED STATES of America Plaintiff-Appellee v. Xavier ZEPHIER Defendant-Appellant.

United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit.

Filed: February 25, 2021.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Ann Marie Hoffman , Jennifer D. Mammenga , Assistant U.S. Attorney, Jennifer D. Mammenga , Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Dakota, Sioux Falls, SD, for Plaintiff-Appellee.

Amanda D. Kippley , Molly Quinn , Assistant Federal Public Defender, Jason J. Tupman , Assistant Federal Public Defender, Federal Public Defender's Office, Sioux Falls, SD, Xavier Zephier , Federal Correctional Institution, Pekin, IL, for Defendant-Appellant.

Before KELLY, ERICKSON, and STRAS, Circuit Judges.

Following a jury trial, the district court convicted Xavier Zephier of aggravated sexual abuse. See 18 U.S.C. §§ 1153, 2241(a)(1), 2246(2)(A). His main argument on appeal is that, through two evidentiary rulings, the court deprived him of his ability to present a complete defense. We agree, so we reverse his...

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