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Court of Appeals Published Opinions - July 2014

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7-9-2014 - Opinions

5205 - Beckman v. Sysco Columbia

In this appeal from the Workers' Compensation Commission, Neal Beckman argues the Appellate Panel of the Workers' Compensation Commission erred in finding he was limited to a disability award for his back as a scheduled member because the evidence showed he should have been awarded disability under the loss of earning capacity statute. We reverse and remand.

5232 - State v. Jenkins

Appellant Clarence Williams Jenkins seeks review of his convictions for kidnapping and murder. Appellant argues the trial court's refusal to provide the jury with the circumstantial evidence instruction quoted in State v. Edwards, 298 S.C. 272, 274-76, 379 S.E.2d 888, 889 (1989), abrogated by State v. Cherry, 361 S.C. 588, 595, 606 S.E.2d 475, 478-82 (2004), violated Appellant's right to require the prosecution to prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Appellant also challenges the trial court's failure to strike the testimony of the State's fingerprint expert, or, in the alternative, to grant a mistrial, arguing the prosecution withheld evidence material to the testimony in question. We affirm.