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THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
In The Supreme Court
John Edward Lyles, Petitioner,
State of South Carolina, Respondent.
ON WRIT OF CERTIORARI
Appeal From Pickens County
Alexander S. Macaulay, Trial Judge
G. Edward Welmaker, Post-Conviction Relief Judge
Memorandum Opinion No. 2011-MO-026
Submitted October 4, 2011 – Filed October 10, 2011
Appellate Defender M. Celia Robinson, South Carolina Commission on Indigent Defense, Division of Appellate Defense, of Columbia, for Petitioner.
Attorney General Henry Dargan McMaster, Chief Deputy Attorney General John W. McIntosh, Assistant Deputy Attorney General Salley W. Elliott, and Assistant Attorney General Karen Ratigan, all of Columbia, for Respondent.
PER CURIAM: Petitioner seeks a writ of certiorari from the denial of his application for post-conviction relief (PCR).
Because there is sufficient evidence to support the PCR judge’s finding that petitioner did not knowingly and intelligently waive his right to a direct appeal, we grant certiorari, dispense with further briefing, and proceed with a review of the direct appeal issue pursuant to Davis v. State, 288 S.C. 290, 342 S.E.2d 60 (1986).
Petitioner’s appeal is dismissed, after review pursuant to Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738 (1967). Counsel’s motion to be relieved is granted.
TOAL, C.J., PLEICONES, BEATTY, KITTREDGE and HEARN, JJ., concur.