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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Miller
Clarence Robinson v. State
Citation:754 S.E.2d 862 (S.C. 2014)
An officer responding to a 911 call issued a “be on the lookout” description to other patrolling officers of four robbery suspects. Another officer spotted a vehicle parked in a closed church parking lot with its lights off and approached the vehicle to investigate further. The officer noticed there were four men matching the description of the robbery suspects and requested backup. The officers testified that the men were acting nervous and suspicious, so they asked them each to exit the vehicle for a pat-down. No weapons were found on the passengers, but a revolver with its serial number removed was visible on the floorboard. None of the passengers claimed ownership of the gun, so they were all arrested, including Robinson (defendant). The officers then searched the car. The trunk was locked, but the officers were able to pull the backseat forward to look into the trunk, where they found three more guns.
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