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South Carolina
Judicial Branch

The Supreme Court of South Carolina

Steve Lester, Petitioner,


State of South Carolina, Respondent.

Greenville County

Docket Nos.:  1975-GS-23-00427, 00429, 00430


Petitioner filed a motion on February 27, 2019 for resentencing pursuant to Aiken v. Byars, 410 S.C. 534, 765 S.E.2d 572 (2014).  Now, therefore, pursuant to Article V, Section 4 of the South Carolina Constitution,

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the Honorable Alex Kinlaw, Jr. be vested with exclusive jurisdiction over the Petitioner's Motion for Resentencing in the above-captioned matter.

Judge Kinlaw shall at all times be vested with concurrent jurisdiction in all circuits of the state to dispose of matters relating to this case, and shall decide all matters pertaining to the Petitioner's Motion, and shall retain jurisdiction over this matter regardless of where he may be assigned to hold court, and may schedule such hearings as may be necessary at any time without regard as to whether there is a term of court scheduled.

If necessary, to resolve issues related to the appointment of counsel, a hearing shall be conducted within thirty (30) days of this order.

Within sixty (60) days of the date of this order, Judge Kinlaw shall issue a scheduling order setting forth the schedule that shall be followed in this matter, including the date of the hearing on the merits.  The scheduling order may be amended as necessary. 


s/Donald W. Beatty                     
Donald W. Beatty
Chief Justice  

Columbia, South Carolina
March 1, 2019