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2008-UP-422 - State v. Cates

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THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
In The Court of Appeals

The State, Respondent,

v.

Christopher S. Cates, Appellant.


Appeal From Cherokee County
 Doyet A. Early, III, Circuit Court Judge


Unpublished Opinion No.  2008-UP-422
Submitted July 1, 2008 – Filed July 21, 2008


APPEAL DISMISSED


Appellate Defender Aileen P. Clare, South Carolina Commission of Indigent Defense, Division of Appellate Defense, of Columbia, for Appellant.

Attorney General Henry Dargan McMaster, Chief Deputy Attorney General John W. McIntosh, Assistant Deputy Attorney General Salley W. Elliott, Office of the Attorney General, of Columbia; and Solicitor Harold W. Gowdy, III, of Spartanburg, for Respondent.

PER CURIAM: Christopher Scott Cates appeals his guilty plea to lynching and assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.  On appeal, Cates maintains the trial court abused its discretion by failing to grant his motion for a separate trial.  After a thorough review of the record and counsel’s 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] Cates’ appeal and grant counsel’s motion to be relieved.

APPEAL DISMISSED.

HEARN, C.J., CURETON and GOOLSBY, A.J.J., concur.


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