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2008-UP-625 - State v. Locke

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THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
In The Court of Appeals

The State, Respondent,

v.

James Edward Locke, Appellant.


Appeal From York County
 Lee S. Alford, Circuit Court Judge


Unpublished Opinion No. 2008-UP-625
Submitted November 3, 2008 – Filed November 12, 2008   


APPEAL DISMISSED


Appellate Defender Eleanor Duffy Cleary, of Columbia, for Appellant.

Attorney General Henry Dargan McMaster, Chief Deputy Attorney General John W. McIntosh, Assistant Deputy Attorney General Salley W. Elliott, all of Columbia; Solicitor Kevin Scott Brackett, of York, for Respondent.

PER CURIAM: James Edward Locke appeals his conviction for conspiring to distribute crack cocaine.  Locke argues the evidence merely raised a suspicion of guilt, and therefore, the trial judge erred in failing to direct a verdict of acquittal.  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 the appeal and grant counsel’s motion to be relieved.[1]

APPEAL DISMISSED.

WILLIAMS, PIEPER, and GEATHERS, JJ., concur.


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