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SC Supreme Court Reverses Court of Appeals: Trial Court Erred by Denying Defendant the Right to Represent Himself

State v. Lamont Antonio Samuel (No. 2105-002401) In this case the SC Supreme Court clarifies the proper scope of a circuit judge’s inquiry under Faretta v. California, 422 U.S. 806 (1975), when a criminal defendant knowingly, intelligently, and voluntarily waives his right to counsel and requests to proceed pro se. Prior to his trial for murder, Lamont Antonio Samuel

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SC Court of Appeals Affirms Murder Conviction; Clarifies Admissibility of Skype Testimony During Trial

State v. Justine Johnson (No. 2014-001219) Justin Jermaine Johnson appeals his convictions for two counts of murder, kidnapping, burglary in the first degree, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. The evidence at trial showed that Johnson got into an argument with his ex-girlfriend Kaisha Caraway. During this heated argument,

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SC Supreme Court Affirms Dorchester PCR Court; Death Sentence Affirmed in 2001 Murder Case

Marion Bowman v. State (No. 27661) During the sentencing phase of this capital murder case, defense counsel elicited testimony regarding the defendant’s adaptability to the prison environment, in hopes of convincing the jury to impose a life sentence. During one witness’ testimony on this subject, counsel elicited testimony that the defendant would not be going to a “kiddy

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SC Supreme Court Affirms Conviction and Death Sentence in Myrtle Beach Murder Case

State v. Luzenski Cottrell (No. 27754) Luzenski Allen Cottrell was convicted and sentenced to death by an Horry County jury for the 2002 murder of Myrtle Beach police officer Joe McGarry. At trial, the State alleged that Cottrell shot and killed Officer McGarry during a scuffle outside of a Dunkin Donuts in Myrtle Beach. The

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Fourth Circuit Reverses Denial of Hearing on §2254 Case; Defendant Entitled to Evidentiary Hearing on Alleged Brady Violations

Juniper v. Zook (No. 13-7) Anthony Juniper was convicted at trial for the murders of Keshia Stephens, along with Ms. Stephens’ brother, and her two daughters. The evidence at trial showed that Juniper and Stephens were involved in a tumultuous relationship. On the morning of the murders, Juniper went to Stephens’ apartment at approximately 10:20

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Murder Conviction Reversed Due to Improper Expert Testimony

State v. Robert Prather Prather was convicted of murder based on an incident that took place at the victim’s residence. Prather, the victim, and two other individuals were at the apartment drinking. In the course of events, the victim ended up being beaten and he died from his injuries. Prather denied involvement, and claimed that

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Murder Conviction Affirmed Despite Erroneous Testimony

State v. Hughes Hughes was released from jail on unrelated charges, and soon after, his mother was found dead in her home. At trial, there was testimony that the victim feared Hughes. This testimony, according to the Court of Appeals, was admitted in error. The Court notes that “while the present state of the declarant’s

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