The trial court rulings are reviewed on appeal, by an appellate court after the final judgment in the case. An appellate court will reverse the judgment of a trial court when improper evidence was admitted at trial and (1) A specific objection was made; (2) The objection was timely; (3) The ground for the objection was timely; and (4) The error in overruling the objection was prejudicial.
An appeals court will review the admission of evidence by the trial court under the abuse-of-discretion standard with which courts review rulings on the admission of evidence. See United States v. Hutson, 821 F.2d 1015, 1019 (5th Cir. 1987); United States v. Acosta, 763 F.2d 671, 693 (5th Cir.), cert. denied sub nom. Weempe v. United States, 474 U.S. 863, 106 S. Ct. 179, 88 L. Ed. 2d 148 (1985).