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State v. Middleton

STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA In The Court of Appeals
Feb 12, 2020
Appellate Case No. 2017-000837 (S.C. Ct. App. Feb. 12, 2020)

Opinion

Appellate Case No. 2017-000837 Unpublished Opinion No. 2020-UP-043

02-12-2020

The State, Respondent, v. Kevin L. Middleton, Appellant.

Appellate Defender Taylor Davis Gilliam, of Columbia, for Appellant. Attorney General Alan McCrory Wilson and Senior Assistant Attorney General David A. Spencer, both of Columbia; and Solicitor Scarlett Anne Wilson, of Charleston, all for Respondent.


THIS OPINION HAS NO PRECEDENTIAL VALUE. IT SHOULD NOT BE CITED OR RELIED ON AS PRECEDENT IN ANY PROCEEDING EXCEPT AS PROVIDED BY RULE 268(d)(2), SCACR. Appeal From Charleston County
W. Jeffrey Young, Circuit Court Judge

AFFIRMED

Appellate Defender Taylor Davis Gilliam, of Columbia, for Appellant. Attorney General Alan McCrory Wilson and Senior Assistant Attorney General David A. Spencer, both of Columbia; and Solicitor Scarlett Anne Wilson, of Charleston, all for Respondent. PER CURIAM: Kevin L. Middleton appeals his convictions of trafficking cocaine base, possession with intent to distribute (PWID) heroin, and PWID cocaine. On appeal, Middleton argues the trial court erred in (1) denying his 2 motion to suppress evidence found during his arrest and (2) allowing law enforcement officers to testify about the existence of a prior arrest warrant. We affirm pursuant to Rule 220(b), SCACR, and the following authorities: 1. As to issue one: State v. Thomason, 355 S.C. 278, 288, 584 S.E.2d 143, 148 (Ct. App. 2003) ("For an appellate court to review an issue, a contemporaneous objection at the trial level is required."); State v. Atieh, 397 S.C. 641, 646, 725 S.E.2d 730, 733 (Ct. App. 2012) ("A ruling in limine is not final; unless an objection is made at the time the evidence is offered and a final ruling procured, the issue is not preserved for review."). 2. As to issue two: State v. Pagan, 369 S.C. 201, 208, 631 S.E.2d 262, 265 (2006) ("The admission of evidence is within the discretion of the trial court and will not be reversed absent an abuse of discretion."); id. ("An abuse of discretion occurs when the conclusions of the trial court either lack evidentiary support or are controlled by an error of law."); State v. Adams, 322 S.C. 114, 121-22, 470 S.E.2d 366, 370-71 (1996) (providing evidence of other crimes that supply the context of the crime, or is intimately connected with and helps explain the crime charged, is admissible as res gestae evidence), overruled on other grounds by State v. Giles, 407 S.C. 14, 754 S.E.2d 261 (2014); State v. Wiles, 383 S.C. 151, 157-59, 679 S.E.2d 172, 175-76 (2009) (discussing the propriety of introducing evidence of the defendant's escape from prison as res gestae evidence during his trial for assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature). AFFIRMED. LOCKEMY, C.J., and KONDUROS and HILL, JJ., concur.


Summaries of

State v. Middleton

STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA In The Court of Appeals
Feb 12, 2020
Appellate Case No. 2017-000837 (S.C. Ct. App. Feb. 12, 2020)
Case details for

State v. Middleton

Case Details

Full title:The State, Respondent, v. Kevin L. Middleton, Appellant.

Court:STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA In The Court of Appeals

Date published: Feb 12, 2020

Citations

Appellate Case No. 2017-000837 (S.C. Ct. App. Feb. 12, 2020)