South Carolina Court of Appeals Opinions


On Wednesday, June 24th, 2015, the South Carolina Court of Appeals published two opinions: State v. McCray and State v. Griffin.

In State v. McCray, Ron McCray appeals his murder conviction, arguing the circuit court erred in (1) denying his request to charge the jury with the language from section 16-11-440(C) (Supp. 2014) of the South Carolina Code; (2) allowing an expert who did not prepare a forensic report to testify and act as a conduit for the admission of the report; (3) refusing to admit testimony relating to Reginald Porcher’s criminal record, drug use, and previous violent acts; and (4) restricting his cross-examination of two witnesses when the State failed to produce relevant impeachment evidence prior to his initial cross-examination of the two witnesses. This Court affirms the lower courts conviction.

In State v. Griffin, Daniel Demond Griffin appeals his convictions for first-degree assault and battery, armed robbery, and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. He contends the circuit court erred in denying his motion to dismiss, in which he asserted he was unlawfully stopped, seized, detained, and arrested by deputies who had not been duly qualified to serve as deputy sheriffs. This Court affirms the conviction.

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