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2004-UP-169 - State v. Hunter

THIS OPINION HAS NO PRECEDENTIAL VALUE.  IT SHOULD NOT BE CITED OR RELIED ON AS PRECEDENT IN ANY PROCEEDING EXCEPT AS PROVIDED BY RULE 239(d)(2), SCACR.

THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
In The Court of Appeals

The State,        Respondent,

v.

Demetrius Darnell Hunter,        Appellant.


Appeal From Greenville County
C. Victor Pyle, Jr., Circuit Court Judge


Unpublished Opinion No. 2004-UP-169
Submitted January 29, 2004 – Filed March 15, 2004


APPEAL DISMISSED


Assistant Appellate Defender Tara S. Taggart, Office of Appellate Defense, of Columbia, for Appellant,

Attorney General Henry Dargan McMaster, Chief Deputy Attorney General John W. McIntosh, Assistant Deputy Attorney General Charles H. Richardson, all of Columbia;  and Solicitor Robert M. Ariail, of Greenville, for Respondent.


PER CURIAM:  In June 2002, Appellant pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter.  Following a standard guilty plea voir dire, the court accepted Hunter’s guilty plea, and he was sentenced.  On appeal, Appellant argues that the circuit court erred in accepting his plea because he did not make it voluntarily and intelligently.  Appellant’s appellate counsel has petitioned to be relieved as counsel, stating that she has reviewed the record and has concluded Appellant’s appeal is without merit.  Appellant has not filed a pro se brief. 

After a review of the record as required by Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738 (1967), and State v. Williams, 305 S.C. 116, 406 S.E.2d 357 (1991), we hold there are no directly appealable issues that are arguable on their merits.  Accordingly, we dismiss this appeal and grant counsel’s petition to be relieved. [1]    

APPEAL DISMISSED.

GOOLSBY, HOWARD, and KITTREDGE, JJ., concur.       


[1] We decide this case without oral argument pursuant to Rule 215, SCACR.