No. 24645.

327 S.C. 79 (1997)

489 S.E.2d 462

The STATE, Respondent, v. Labrone GRIPPON, Appellant.

Supreme Court of South Carolina.

Decided July 21, 1997.

Rehearing Denied August 21, 1997.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Assistant Appellate Defender M. Anne Pearce, of South Carolina Office of Appellate Defense, Columbia, for appellant.

Attorney General Charles Molony Condon, Deputy Attorney General John W. McIntosh, Assistant Deputy Attorney General Salley W. Elliot, Senior Assistant Attorney General Charles H. Richardson, Columbia; and Solicitor David P. Schwacke, Charleston, for respondent.

BURNETT, Justice:

Appellant challenges his voluntary manslaughter conviction on the ground the trial judge's charge on circumstantial evidence erroneously diluted the State's burden of proof. We disagree and affirm.


Around 6:30 a.m. on December 4, 1996, appellant stabbed Harold Singleton. According to appellant, he awoke at his home to find Singleton standing over him. Singleton tried to rape him. The two men fought, and appellant stabbed...


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