State v. Kotowski, Appellate Case No. 2019-001206

CourtUnited States State Supreme Court of South Carolina
Writing for the CourtPER CURIAM.
Citation844 S.E.2d 650 (Mem),430 S.C. 318
Decision Date03 June 2020
Docket NumberAppellate Case No. 2019-001206,Opinion No. 27977
Parties The STATE, Respondent, v. Felix KOTOWSKI, Petitioner.

430 S.C. 318
844 S.E.2d 650 (Mem)

The STATE, Respondent,
v.
Felix KOTOWSKI, Petitioner.

Appellate Case No. 2019-001206
Opinion No. 27977

Supreme Court of South Carolina.

Heard May 20, 2020
Filed June 3, 2020


Appellate Defender Lara M. Caudy, of Columbia, for Petitioner.

Attorney General Alan Wilson and Senior Assistant Attorney General David Spencer, both of Columbia; and First Circuit Solicitor David M. Pascoe Jr., of Orangeburg, for Respondent.

PER CURIAM:

We granted a writ of certiorari to review the court of appeals' decision in State v. Kotowski , 427 S.C. 119, 828 S.E.2d 605 (Ct. App. 2019). Having carefully reviewed the matter, we affirm the court of appeals in part and vacate in part. We adopt the court of appeals' well-reasoned opinion, with the exception of Section III of the opinion. We vacate Section III of the court of appeals' opinion pertaining to the admission of the NPLEx records during trial. Assuming, without deciding, that the admission of the NPLEx records during trial was erroneous, as Petitioner asserts, we find the error is harmless in light of the overwhelming evidence of guilt. Accordingly, the decision of the court of appeals is affirmed in part and vacated in part.

AFFIRMED IN PART, VACATED IN PART.

BEATTY, C.J., KITTREDGE, HEARN, FEW and JAMES, JJ., concur.

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  • State v. Boston, Appellate Case No. 2018-000504
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of South Carolina
    • 10 Marzo 2021
    ...of a knock and talk in State v. Kotowski , 427 S.C. 119, 828 S.E.2d 605 (Ct. App. 2019), aff'd in part, vacated in part on other grounds , 430 S.C. 318, 844 S.E.2d 650 (2020) (per curiam). In Kotowski , the sheriff's office of Dorchester County received an anonymous tip alerting the departm......
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  • State v. Boston, Appellate Case No. 2018-000504
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of South Carolina
    • 10 Marzo 2021
    ...of a knock and talk in State v. Kotowski , 427 S.C. 119, 828 S.E.2d 605 (Ct. App. 2019), aff'd in part, vacated in part on other grounds , 430 S.C. 318, 844 S.E.2d 650 (2020) (per curiam). In Kotowski , the sheriff's office of Dorchester County received an anonymous tip alerting the departm......

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