In The Court of Appeals

The State,        Respondent,


Edmund Goins, Jr.,        Appellant.

Appeal From Cherokee County
Gary E. Clary, Circuit Court Judge

Unpublished Opinion No. 2003-UP-203
Submitted January 29, 2003 – Filed March 17, 2003


Assistant Appellate Defender Eleanor Duffy Cleary, of Columbia,  for Appellant.

Attorney General Henry Dargan McMaster, Chief Deputy Attorney General John W. McIntosh and  Assistant Deputy Attorney General Charles H. Richardson, all of Columbia; and Solicitor Harold W. Gowdy, III, of Spartanburg; for Respondent.

PER CURIAM: Edmund Goins, Jr. was convicted of two counts of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature (ABHAN) and one count of assault and battery with intent to kill (ABIK).  He received consecutive sentences of ten years imprisonment for each ABHAN charge and life imprisonment for ABIK.  Goins appeals, arguing the trial court erred in charging the jury in a manner suggesting he bore the burden of proof.  Appellate counsel has filed a final brief and a petition to be relieved.  Goins has filed a pro se response.

After a thorough review of the record on appeal pursuant to Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738 (1967), and State v. Williams, 305 S.C. 116, 406 S.E.2d 357 (1991), we grant counsel’s petition and dismiss the appeal.


HEARN, C.J., GOOLSBY, and SHULER, JJ., concur.