State v. Horne, No. 2562

CourtCourt of Appeals of South Carolina
Writing for the CourtANDERSON
Citation478 S.E.2d 289,324 S.C. 372
PartiesThe STATE, Respondent, v. Mayberry HORNE, Appellant. . Heard
Decision Date10 September 1996
Docket NumberNo. 2562

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478 S.E.2d 289
324 S.C. 372
The STATE, Respondent,
v.
Mayberry HORNE, Appellant.
No. 2562.
Court of Appeals of South Carolina.
Heard Sept. 10, 1996.
Decided Oct. 7, 1996.
Rehearing Denied Nov. 21, 1996.
Certiorari Denied July 24, 1997.

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Assistant Appellate Defender Lesley M. Coggiola, of S.C. Office of Appellate Defense, Columbia, for Appellant.

Attorney General Charles Molony Condon, Chief, State Grand Jury, John S. Simmons, Assistant Attorney General, State Grand Jury, Chris Gantt Hoffman, Columbia, for Respondent.

ANDERSON, Judge:

Mayberry Horne appeals the trial judge's denial of his motion for a directed verdict on the charge of conspiracy to traffic in 100 pounds or more of marijuana. We affirm.

FACTS/PROCEDURAL BACKGROUND

Appellant was one of seventeen persons indicted by the State Grand Jury for conspiracy to traffic in 100 pounds or more of marijuana, a violation of S.C.Code Ann. § 44-53-370(e)(1)(b) (Supp.1995). Specifically, the indictment charged Robert "Bob" E. Gearhart, Bobby James Dove, David Gibson, Donald Edwin James, Edward Michael Shannon, Marisol "Mary" Uribe, Gerald Vincent

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Williams, Randy Willard McWaters, Steve Garris, Claude Lee Blevins, Thomas "Tom" E. Grant, Kenneth Tesseneer a/k/a "K.T.," David Jack Wallace a/k/a "Karate Dave," John Clay Watts, Samantha Lynn Edwards, Deborah Wishert and Mayberry Horne (Appellant) with knowingly conspiring, agreeing, and having a tacit understanding to traffic in 100 pounds or more of marijuana in Union, Chester, York, and Greenville counties from approximately January 1, 1993 until December 31, 1993. Ten of the defendants pled guilty to charges related to the conspiracy. Appellant and six co-defendants--Gearhart, Dove, Shannon, Uribe, Williams, and McWaters--proceeded to a joint trial at which all except McWaters were convicted of conspiracy to traffic in 100 pounds or more of marijuana; McWaters was convicted of conspiracy to traffic in between 10 and 100 pounds of marijuana.

Numerous State's witnesses were presented at the trial of Appellant and his six co-defendants. Claude Lee Blevins, who pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute marijuana, testified as a confidential informant regarding the activities of several of the defendants who allegedly worked with Appellant. David Gibson, Deborah Wishert, and Donald James testified with specificity as to Appellant's role in this complex trafficking operation. Prior to Appellant's trial, Gibson and James pled guilty to conspiracy to traffic in between 10 and 100 pounds of marijuana, and Wishert pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute marijuana.

Blevins testified that after his arrest in 1993 for possession of marijuana, he became a confidential informant for law enforcement and began providing information about his roommate, defendant Bobby James "Jamie" Dove. Blevins admitted he had sold marijuana for Jamie Dove and defendant Michael Shannon. He stated he first became aware Dove was trafficking in large quantities of marijuana when he found four or five empty boxes in one of the bedrooms at Dove's home and a large amount of marijuana residue on the floor. Dove informed Blevins that he and several other individuals had cut up 200 pounds of marijuana that day, taken it to defendant Donald James's trailer, and buried it in a steel box in the back yard.

Blevins testified that on another occasion, he drove Jamie Dove to the Charlotte, North Carolina airport in an unsuccessful attempt to pick up a shipment of marijuana. The day after the Charlotte trip, Blevins saw two suitcases which had a strong odor of marijuana at Dove's home, and Gearhart told him that he had picked up the shipment himself early that morning. Blevins stated that, at Gearhart's instruction, Dove gave him 2 ounces of the marijuana "for his trouble." Blevins also revealed that he arranged the sale of 10 pounds of marijuana to an undercover officer, Matt Hall, by Bob Gearhart, Jamie Dove, and Michael Shannon. Blevins stated Marisol Uribe lived with Bob Gearhart and was also present during some of the discussions about the trafficking scheme, but stated he did not know Appellant.

Defendant David Gibson testified that he contacted the police and admitted his involvement in the trafficking conspiracy after becoming aware that several of the defendants were under investigation. Gibson stated he was living with Deborah Wishert, who is now his wife, and Donald James in January 1993 when Bob Gearhart asked him to pick up a 25-pound package of marijuana in Texas and bring it back to Chester, South Carolina. Gibson stated he had previously purchased drugs from Gearhart in 1986. Gibson drove to Texas with Wishert and Michael Shannon to complete the transaction, but only 5 pounds of marijuana was available at that time. At Gearhart's request, Gibson subsequently made four more out-of-state trips in 1993 to New York and Los Angeles and brought back approximately 175 pounds of marijuana: Gibson obtained 25 pounds in New York and 50 pounds on each of three trips to Los Angeles.

Gibson stated that he usually followed the same procedure on each trip; Bob Gearhart or Marisol Uribe would reserve his plane tickets and motel room and give him the phone number of their contact person, someone would deliver the drugs to his motel room, and Gibson would telephone Wishert to confirm things were going according to schedule. Upon Gibson's return to South

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Carolina, he would take the marijuana to Donald James's home, where those present would smoke a sample before burying the rest in some nearby woods. Gibson testified that Appellant was one of several defendants who regularly received about 5 pounds of marijuana out of each shipment Gibson brought back to South Carolina. Gibson also admitted he made three trips to the airport to pick up shipments of marijuana coming in from other states, and noted Appellant was present on one of the occasions when he returned to Donald James's home with the marijuana.

Deborah Wishert, who is now married to David Gibson, testified that she usually drove Gibson to and from the Charlotte airport for his out-of-state trips to purchase marijuana, but on one of Gibson's return trips from Los Angeles, Donald James asked Appellant to pick up Gibson because Wishert was having car trouble. Wishert testified that she was in fact able to pick up Gibson, but no one informed...

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  • State v. Sims, No. 4371.
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of South Carolina
    • April 17, 2008
    ...S.C. 627, 636, 535 S.E.2d 453, 458 (Ct.App.2000); State v. Hammitt, 341 S.C. 638, 644, 535 S.E.2d 459, 462 (Ct.App.2000); State v. Horne, 324 S.C. 372, 381, 478 S.E.2d 289, 294 (Ct.App.1996) (noting the crime of conspiracy consists of an agreement or mutual "The gravamen of the offense of c......
  • State v. Moore, No. 4247.
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of South Carolina
    • May 18, 2007
    ...State v. Arnold, 361 S.C. 386, 605 S.E.2d 529 (2004); State v. Schrock, 283 S.C. 129, 132, 322 S.E.2d 450, 452 (1984); State v. Horne, 324 S.C. 372, 379, 478 S.E.2d 289, 293 (Ct.App.1996). "Suspicion" implies a belief or opinion as to guilt that is based upon facts or circumstances that do ......
  • State v. Brannon, No. 4428.
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of South Carolina
    • July 18, 2008
    ...v. Arnold, 361 S.C. 386, 390, 605 S.E.2d 529, 531 (2004); State v. Schrock, 283 S.C. 129, 132, 322 S.E.2d 450, 452 (1984); State v. Horne, 324 S.C. 372, 379, 478 S.E.2d 289, 293 (Ct.App.1996). "`Suspicion' implies a belief or opinion as to guilt based upon facts or circumstances which do no......
  • State v. Cherry, No. 3406.
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of South Carolina
    • November 13, 2001
    ...the appellate court's review are identical to the analytical method applied by the trial 559 S.E.2d 291 judge. See, e.g., State v. Horne, 324 S.C. 372, 478 S.E.2d 289 (Ct.App.1996); In the Interest of Bruce 0., 311 S.C. 514, 429 S.E.2d 858 (Ct.App.1993). As at the trial level, the appellate......
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  • State v. Sims, No. 4371.
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of South Carolina
    • April 17, 2008
    ...S.C. 627, 636, 535 S.E.2d 453, 458 (Ct.App.2000); State v. Hammitt, 341 S.C. 638, 644, 535 S.E.2d 459, 462 (Ct.App.2000); State v. Horne, 324 S.C. 372, 381, 478 S.E.2d 289, 294 (Ct.App.1996) (noting the crime of conspiracy consists of an agreement or mutual "The gravamen of the offense of c......
  • State v. Moore, No. 4247.
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of South Carolina
    • May 18, 2007
    ...State v. Arnold, 361 S.C. 386, 605 S.E.2d 529 (2004); State v. Schrock, 283 S.C. 129, 132, 322 S.E.2d 450, 452 (1984); State v. Horne, 324 S.C. 372, 379, 478 S.E.2d 289, 293 (Ct.App.1996). "Suspicion" implies a belief or opinion as to guilt that is based upon facts or circumstances that do ......
  • State v. Brannon, No. 4428.
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of South Carolina
    • July 18, 2008
    ...v. Arnold, 361 S.C. 386, 390, 605 S.E.2d 529, 531 (2004); State v. Schrock, 283 S.C. 129, 132, 322 S.E.2d 450, 452 (1984); State v. Horne, 324 S.C. 372, 379, 478 S.E.2d 289, 293 (Ct.App.1996). "`Suspicion' implies a belief or opinion as to guilt based upon facts or circumstances which do no......
  • State v. Cherry, No. 3406.
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of South Carolina
    • November 13, 2001
    ...the appellate court's review are identical to the analytical method applied by the trial 559 S.E.2d 291 judge. See, e.g., State v. Horne, 324 S.C. 372, 478 S.E.2d 289 (Ct.App.1996); In the Interest of Bruce 0., 311 S.C. 514, 429 S.E.2d 858 (Ct.App.1993). As at the trial level, the appellate......
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