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2011-UP-288 - State v. Pitts

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THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
In The Court of Appeals

The State, Respondent,

v.

Vincent Pitts, Appellant.


Appeal From Newberry County
Roger L. Couch, Circuit Court Judge


Unpublished Opinion No. 2011-UP-288   
Submitted June 1, 2011 – Filed June 13, 2011


AFFIRMED


Appellate Defender Elizabeth A. Franklin-Best, of Columbia, for Appellant.

Attorney General Alan Wilson, Chief Deputy Attorney General John W. McIntosh, Assistant Deputy Attorney General Salley W. Elliott, and Assistant Attorney General Christina Catoe, all of Columbia; and Solicitor Jerry W. Peace, of Greenwood, for Respondent.

PER CURIAM:  Vincent Pitts appeals his convictions for distribution of crack cocaine and distribution within proximity of a park, arguing the trial court erred in allowing the State to introduce character evidence when Pitts did not place his character at issue.  We affirm[1] pursuant to Rule 220(b)(1), SCACR, and the following authority:  State v. Johnson, 363 S.C. 53, 58-59, 609 S.E.2d 520, 523 (2005) (holding an issue is not preserved for review unless a contemporaneous objection is made to and ruled upon by the trial court).

AFFIRMED. 

HUFF, WILLIAMS, and THOMAS, JJ., concur.


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