Supreme Court of South Carolina


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The summary below each case is prepared to offer lawyers and the public a general overview of what issues are included in a case which will be argued. The summary is not a limit on what issues a party to a case may present at oral argument.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

USC Upstate, Spartanburg

09:30 a.m. (Time Limits: 15-15-5)  
2018-001365   The State, Respondent, v. Terry Williams, Petitioner.

Appellate Defender Kathrine H. Hudgins, of Columbia, for Petitioner. Attorney General Alan Wilson and Senior Assistant Deputy Attorney General Megan Harrigan Jameson and Assistant Attorney General Mark Reynolds Farthing, all of Columbia and Solicitor Ernest Adolphus Finney, III, of Sumter, for Respondent.

Terry Williams was convicted of voluntary manslaughter, assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature (ABHAN), and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. The court of appeals affirmed. State v. Williams, Op. No. 2018-UP-176 (S.C. Ct. App. filed May 2, 2018). This Court granted Williams a writ of certiorari. Williams argues the trial court erred by allowing the State to question his wife at trial about two prior domestic violence incidents.

10:30 a.m. (Time Limits: 15-15-5)  
2018-001655   Morningstar Fellowship Church, Petitioner, v. York County, South Carolina, Respondent.

Donald M. Brown, Jr., of Brown & Associates, PLLC, of Charlotte, North Carolina, for Petitioner. W. Keith Martens, of Hamilton Martens, LLC, of Rock Hill and Michael K. Kendree, of York, for Respondent.

The Court granted a writ of certiorari to review the court of appeals' decision in Morningstar Fellowship Church v. York County, Op. No. 2018-UP-250 (S.C. Ct. App. filed June 13, 2018).

11:30 a.m. (Time Limits: 15-15-5)  
2018-001468   Peggy D. Conits, Respondent, v. Spiro E. Conits, Petitioner.

David Alan Wilson, of Wilson & Englebardt, LLC, of Greenville, for Petitioner. Timothy E. Madden, of Greenville, for Respondent.

This Court granted certiorari to review the court of appeals' decision affirming the family court's finding that a family farm in Greece was considered marital property.