Summerall v. State, No. 21773

CourtUnited States State Supreme Court of South Carolina
Writing for the CourtPER CURIAM
Citation278 S.C. 255,294 S.E.2d 344
PartiesDavid Junior SUMMERALL, Appellant, v. STATE of South Carolina, Respondent.
Decision Date09 August 1982
Docket NumberNo. 21773

Page 344

294 S.E.2d 344
278 S.C. 255
David Junior SUMMERALL, Appellant,
v.
STATE of South Carolina, Respondent.
No. 21773.
Supreme Court of South Carolina.
Aug. 9, 1982.

Asst. Appellate Defender David W. Carpenter, of S. C. Com'n of Appellate Defense, Columbia, and Public Defender J. Redmond Coyle, Pickens, for appellant.

Atty. Gen. Daniel R. McLeod and Asst. Attys. Gen. William K. Moore and Donald J. Zelenka, Columbia, for respondent.

PER CURIAM:

Appellant pled guilty to three counts of receiving stolen goods. He was sentenced to consecutive terms of one year, two years and seven years, suspended upon the service of four years with five years probation and $1,000 restitution. This appeal is from denial, after a hearing, of Post-Conviction [278 S.C. 256] Relief. We affirm the guilty plea on the first count. We vacate the remaining pleas and remand for further proceedings.

Appellant was charged in three separate indictments for the three counts. The first indictment was presented to the grand jury and duly acted on by them. That indictment is not in issue here. The remaining two indictments were not presented to the grand jury.

Code of Laws of South Carolina Ann. §§ 17-23-120 to 140 (Supp.1981) require that a criminal defendant must sign a waiver of indictment before pleading guilty to an indictment which has not been presented to the grand jury. Through an administrative error, appellant never signed the waivers.

By their plain language, §§ 17-23-130 and 140 make a written waiver of presentment of indictments not presented to a grand jury mandatory before the trial judge can accept the plea. We therefore hold appellant's failure to properly execute the waivers renders the pleas invalid.

The plea on indictment number 79-GS-39-960 is affirmed. The pleas on the two indictments not presented to the grand jury are vacated and the case remanded for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.

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  • State v. Gentry, No. 25949.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of South Carolina
    • March 7, 2005
    ...27. State v. Munn, 292 S.C. 497, 357 S.E.2d 461 (1987). 28. State v. Beachum, 288 S.C. 325, 342 S.E.2d 597 (1986). 29. Summerall v. State, 278 S.C. 255, 294 S.E.2d 344 (1982). 30. State v. Langford, 223 S.C. 20, 73 S.E.2d 854 (1953). 31. State v. Hann, 196 S.C. 211, 12 S.E.2d 720 (1940). 32......
  • State v. Tumbleston, No. 4312.
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of South Carolina
    • November 27, 2007
    ...State, 320 S.C. 366, 368, 465 S.E.2d 358, 359 (1995); State v. Beachum, 288 S.C. 325, 326, 342 S.E.2d 597, 598 (1986); Summerall v. State, 278 S.C. 255, 256, 294 S.E.2d 344, 344 (1982); State v. Tabory, 262 S.C. 136, 139-40, 202 S.E.2d 852, 853 (1974). Consequently, a defective or insuffici......
  • State v. Wilkes, No. 3355.
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of South Carolina
    • June 11, 2001
    ...offense. State v. Evans, 307 S.C. 477, 415 S.E.2d 816 (1992); State v. Beachum, 288 S.C. 325, 342 S.E.2d 597 (1986); Summerall v. State, 278 S.C. 255, 294 S.E.2d 344 (1982). A circuit court, therefore, has subject matter jurisdiction only if: (1) there has been an indictment which sufficien......
  • In re Jason T., No. 3164.
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of South Carolina
    • May 22, 2000
    ...Carter v. State, 329 S.C. 355, 362, 495 S.E.2d 773, 777 (1998). Any waiver of presentment must be in writing. See Summerall v. State, 278 S.C. 255, 294 S.E.2d 344 (1982); see also S.C.Code Ann. §§ 17-23-130 to -140 For an indictment to be valid, it must state the offense with sufficient cer......
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  • State v. Gentry, No. 25949.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of South Carolina
    • March 7, 2005
    ...27. State v. Munn, 292 S.C. 497, 357 S.E.2d 461 (1987). 28. State v. Beachum, 288 S.C. 325, 342 S.E.2d 597 (1986). 29. Summerall v. State, 278 S.C. 255, 294 S.E.2d 344 (1982). 30. State v. Langford, 223 S.C. 20, 73 S.E.2d 854 (1953). 31. State v. Hann, 196 S.C. 211, 12 S.E.2d 720 (1940). 32......
  • State v. Tumbleston, No. 4312.
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of South Carolina
    • November 27, 2007
    ...State, 320 S.C. 366, 368, 465 S.E.2d 358, 359 (1995); State v. Beachum, 288 S.C. 325, 326, 342 S.E.2d 597, 598 (1986); Summerall v. State, 278 S.C. 255, 256, 294 S.E.2d 344, 344 (1982); State v. Tabory, 262 S.C. 136, 139-40, 202 S.E.2d 852, 853 (1974). Consequently, a defective or insuffici......
  • State v. Wilkes, No. 3355.
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of South Carolina
    • June 11, 2001
    ...offense. State v. Evans, 307 S.C. 477, 415 S.E.2d 816 (1992); State v. Beachum, 288 S.C. 325, 342 S.E.2d 597 (1986); Summerall v. State, 278 S.C. 255, 294 S.E.2d 344 (1982). A circuit court, therefore, has subject matter jurisdiction only if: (1) there has been an indictment which sufficien......
  • In re Jason T., No. 3164.
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of South Carolina
    • May 22, 2000
    ...Carter v. State, 329 S.C. 355, 362, 495 S.E.2d 773, 777 (1998). Any waiver of presentment must be in writing. See Summerall v. State, 278 S.C. 255, 294 S.E.2d 344 (1982); see also S.C.Code Ann. §§ 17-23-130 to -140 For an indictment to be valid, it must state the offense with sufficient cer......
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