Byline: Derek Hawkins
WI Court of Appeals District I
Case Name: State of Wisconsin v. Jarmel Dontra Chisem
Case No.: 2017AP1114-CR
Officials: Brennan, Brash and Dugan, JJ.
Focus: 6th Amendment Violation Confrontation Clause
Jarmel Dontra Chisem appeals his judgment of conviction after a jury convicted him of first-degree reckless homicide as a party to a crime while using a dangerous weapon, as a repeater, and first-degree recklessly endangering safety as a party to a crime while using a dangerous weapon, as a repeater. Chisem also appeals from the trial court's order denying his motion for postconviction relief.
Chisem argues that the trial court erred when it denied his motion for severance from his codefendant, Howard Davis. Chisem's basis for this argument is focused on out-of-court inculpatory statements made by Davis to three witnesses for the State, which were admitted at trial. Chisem asserts that since these statements implicated only Davis, they were not admissible for two reasons: (1) because Davis exercised his Fifth Amendment right not to testify, and Chisem was unable to cross-examine Davis regarding these statements, Chisem argues that his right to confrontation was violated; and (2) that even if there was no confrontation violation, the testimony relating to these statements by Davis would have been inadmissible...