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2010-UP-067 - The State v. Jabez Batiste

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THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
In The Court of Appeals

The State, Respondent,

v.

Jabez Joseph Batiste, Appellant.


Appeal From Charleston County
J. C. "Buddy" Nicholson, Jr., Circuit Court Judge


Unpublished Opinion No. 2010-UP-067
Submitted January 4, 2010 – Filed February 1, 2010  


APPEAL DISMISSED


Acting Chief Appellate Defender for Capital Appeals Robert M. Dudek, 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; Solicitor Scarlett Anne Wilson, of Charleston, for Respondent

PER CURIAM:  Jabez Joseph Batiste appeals his convictions on two counts of murder and two counts of possession of a firearm during a violent crime, arguing the trial judge improperly admitted hearsay testimony.  Batiste's counsel attached a petition to be relieved as counsel, stating that he reviewed the record and concluded the appeal lacked merit.  After a 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] Batiste's appeal and grant counsel's petition to be relieved.

APPEAL DISMISSED.

SHORT, THOMAS, and KONDUROS, JJ., concur.


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