State v. Walker, No. 25442.

CourtUnited States State Supreme Court of South Carolina
Citation562 S.E.2d 313,349 S.C. 49
Decision Date08 April 2002
PartiesThe STATE, Respondent, v. Daniel Alexander WALKER, Petitioner.
Docket NumberNo. 25442.

349 S.C. 49
562 S.E.2d 313

The STATE, Respondent,
v.
Daniel Alexander WALKER, Petitioner

No. 25442.

Supreme Court of South Carolina.

Heard March 6, 2002.

Decided April 8, 2002.


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Melvin L. Roberts, of Roberts & D'Agostino, of York, for petitioner

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Attorney General Charles M. Condon, Chief Deputy Attorney General John W. McIntosh, Assistant Deputy Attorney General Charles H. Richardson, Assistant Attorney General Melody J. Brown, all of Columbia, and Solicitor Thomas E. Pope, of York, for respondent

Justice PLEICONES.

We granted certiorari to consider the Court of Appeals' opinion affirming Petitioner's conviction for cultivating marijuana on the land of another.' State v. Walker, Op. No.2000-UP-608 (S.C. Ct.App. filed October 10, 2000). We find Petitioner was entitled to a directed verdict and reverse.

FACTS

In September 1997, Dr. George Stretcher ("Stretcher") discovered a number of marijuana plants growing on his property and alerted the authorities. Police searched the area and found five marijuana fields, three on Stretcher's property and two on adjacent property owned by Mary Taylor. William Bennett ("Bennett"), an investigator with the South Carolina Forestry Commission, installed a video surveillance camera aimed at one of the fields. Bennett also visually inspected all five fields. He found evidence that the plants in all the fields except one had been fertilized. Soil had been piled up around the bases of the plants, and a number of plants had been thinned out; Bennett found culled marijuana plants discarded at the edge of the fields. Additionally, Bennett noticed that tree limbs and other vegetation had been cleared out around the fields allowing more light to penetrate.

About a month after Stretcher's discovery, Charles Yates ("Yates") was deer hunting in the area when Petitioner approached him in the woods. Petitioner was carrying a black plastic bag. The bag appeared to Yates to be quite heavy. Petitioner said he was lost and asked Yates for directions to the dirt road that traversed the property. Yates gave Petitioner directions. When Yates asked Petitioner to reveal the contents of the black bag, Petitioner ran into the woods.

Suspicious of Petitioner's activity, Yates called the police and reported the incident. Police responded to the scene and Yates helped them search for Petitioner. The police eventually

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discontinued the search and left the area. Later, as Yates was driving home, he saw Petitioner standing in the dirt road. Petitioner motioned for Yates to stop, and Yates complied. Yates agreed to give Petitioner a ride. Later that evening, Yates again contacted the police

Very early the next day Bennett checked the surveillance equipment he had previously installed, and viewed the video tape. The tape depicted a man resembling Petitioner, carrying a black bag, harvesting marijuana. The time code on the tape indicated this activity occurred less than an hour before Yates reported seeing Petitioner in the woods.

Later that morning, police officers returned to the area, and encountered Petitioner on the dirt road. They placed him under arrest.

Petitioner was indicted and tried for trafficking marijuana, manufacturing marijuana, and two counts of cultivating marijuana on the land of another.1 Following presentation of the State's evidence Petitioner moved for a directed verdict on all charges. The trial court denied the motion. The jury found Petitioner guilty on three counts, acquitting him on the count charging cultivation of marijuana on the Taylor property. Petitioner appealed.

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  • State v. Moore, No. 4247.
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of South Carolina
    • May 18, 2007
    ...evidence that reasonably tends to prove the guilt of the accused or from which guilt may be fairly and logically deduced. State v. Walker, 349 S.C. 49, 562 S.E.2d 313 (2002); State v. Buckmon, 347 S.C. 316, 555 S.E.2d 402 (2001); State v. Al-Amin, 353 S.C. 405, 411, 578 S.E.2d 32, 35 (Ct.Ap......
  • State v. Al-Amin, No. 3602.
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of South Carolina
    • March 3, 2003
    ...or substantial circumstantial evidence of the offense charged. State v. Rothschild, 351 S.C. 238, 569 S.E.2d 346 (2002); State v. Walker, 349 S.C. 49, 562 S.E.2d 313 In this case, the State presented substantial circumstantial evidence pointing to Al-Amin's guilt. Watkins observed Al-Amin d......
  • State v. Dantonio, No. 4333.
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of South Carolina
    • January 16, 2008
    ...from which guilt may be fairly and logically deduced. State v. Weston, 367 S.C. 279, 292-93, 625 S.E.2d 641, 648 (2006); State v. Walker, 349 S.C. 49, 53, 562 S.E.2d 313, 315 (2002); State v. Zeigler, 364 S.C. 94, 102, 610 S.E.2d 859, 863 (Ct.App.2005); State v. Al-Amin, 353 S.C. 405, 411, ......
  • State v. Zeigler, No. 3967.
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of South Carolina
    • March 21, 2005
    ...which reasonably tends to prove the guilt of the accused, or from which his guilt may be fairly and logically deduced. State v. Walker, 349 S.C. 49, 562 S.E.2d 313 (2002); State v. Buckmon, 347 S.C. 316, 555 S.E.2d 402 (2001); Al-Amin, 353 S.C. at 411, 578 S.E.2d at 35; see also State v. Ma......
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  • State v. Moore, No. 4247.
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of South Carolina
    • May 18, 2007
    ...evidence that reasonably tends to prove the guilt of the accused or from which guilt may be fairly and logically deduced. State v. Walker, 349 S.C. 49, 562 S.E.2d 313 (2002); State v. Buckmon, 347 S.C. 316, 555 S.E.2d 402 (2001); State v. Al-Amin, 353 S.C. 405, 411, 578 S.E.2d 32, 35 (Ct.Ap......
  • State v. Al-Amin, No. 3602.
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of South Carolina
    • March 3, 2003
    ...or substantial circumstantial evidence of the offense charged. State v. Rothschild, 351 S.C. 238, 569 S.E.2d 346 (2002); State v. Walker, 349 S.C. 49, 562 S.E.2d 313 In this case, the State presented substantial circumstantial evidence pointing to Al-Amin's guilt. Watkins observed Al-Amin d......
  • State v. Dantonio, No. 4333.
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of South Carolina
    • January 16, 2008
    ...from which guilt may be fairly and logically deduced. State v. Weston, 367 S.C. 279, 292-93, 625 S.E.2d 641, 648 (2006); State v. Walker, 349 S.C. 49, 53, 562 S.E.2d 313, 315 (2002); State v. Zeigler, 364 S.C. 94, 102, 610 S.E.2d 859, 863 (Ct.App.2005); State v. Al-Amin, 353 S.C. 405, 411, ......
  • State v. Zeigler, No. 3967.
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of South Carolina
    • March 21, 2005
    ...which reasonably tends to prove the guilt of the accused, or from which his guilt may be fairly and logically deduced. State v. Walker, 349 S.C. 49, 562 S.E.2d 313 (2002); State v. Buckmon, 347 S.C. 316, 555 S.E.2d 402 (2001); Al-Amin, 353 S.C. at 411, 578 S.E.2d at 35; see also State v. Ma......
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