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2005-UP-429 - State v. Morrison

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.

Joseph Morrison,        Appellant.


Appeal From Aiken County
James R. Barber, Circuit Court Judge


Unpublished Opinion No. 2005-UP-429
Submitted July 1, 2005 – Filed July 13, 2005


APPEAL DISMISSED


Acting Chief Attorney Joseph L. Savitz III, of Columbia, for Appellant.

Attorney General Henry Dargan McMaster, Chief Deputy Attorney General John W. McIntosh, and Assistant Deputy Attorney General Donald J. Zelenka, all of Columbia, for Respondent.

PER CURIAM:  Joseph Morrison appeals his conviction for murder and his sentence to life imprisonment.  He maintains the trial court erred in failing to charge the jury on voluntary manslaughter.  Additionally, Morrison filed a pro se brief alleging the court failed to properly hold an arraignment, preliminary hearing, or bond hearing before he was tried for murder.  After a thorough review of the record, counsel’s brief, and Morrison’s pro se brief pursuant to Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738 (1967) and State v. Williams, 305 S.C. 116, 406 S.E.2d 357 (1991), we dismiss[1] Morrison’s appeal and grant counsel’s motion to be relieved.

APPEAL DISMISSED.

HEARN, C.J. and BEATTY and SHORT, JJ., concur.


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