In The Court of Appeals

The State,        Respondent,


Willie Kinder, Jr.,        Appellant.

Appeal From Sumter County
Howard P. King, Circuit Court Judge

Unpublished Opinion No. 2003-UP-499††
Submitted June 9, 2003 Ė Filed August 26, 2003


Deputy Chief Attorney Joseph L. Savitz, III, Office of Appellate Defense, of Columbia, for Appellant.

Attorney General Henry Dargan McMaster, Chief Deputy Attorney General John W. McIntosh, Assistant Deputy Attorney General Donald J. Zelenka, all of Columbia;† and Solicitor Cecil Kelley Jackson, of Sumter, for Respondent.

PER CURIAM: Willie Kinder, Jr. appeals his conviction for murder, arguing that the trial judge erred by limiting his definition of the sufficient legal provocation for voluntary manslaughter to acts involving physical aggression or assault.†† Kinderís counsel attached to the brief a petition to be relieved as counsel, stating that he had reviewed the record and concluded this appeal lacks merit.† After a thorough review of the record and counselís brief 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 dismiss [1] Kinderís appeal and grant counselís motion to be relieved.


HEARN, C.J., CONNOR and ANDERSON, JJ., concur.

[1] We decide this case without oral argument pursuant to Rule 215, SCACR.†