Description: Appellant, Hunter Ryan Hamilton Woods, was found guilty after a jury trial
of the first-degree felony offense of murder.1 After the trial, the jury assessed his
punishment at twenty-five years’ confinement. This sentence is within the
applicable sentencing range.2 The trial court certified that this was not a plea-bargain
case, and that appellant had the right of appeal. See TEX. R. APP. P. 25.2(a)(2).
Appellant timely filed a notice of appeal and new counsel was appointed.
Appellant’s appointed counsel has filed a motion to withdraw, along with an
Anders brief stating that the record presents no reversible error and that, therefore,
the appeal is without merit and is frivolous. See Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738,
87 S. Ct. 1396 (1967). Counsel’s brief meets the Anders requirements by presenting
a professional evaluation of the record and supplying this Court with references to
the record and legal authority. See id. at 744, 87 S. Ct. at 1400; see also High v.
State, 573 S.W.2d 807, 812 (Tex. Crim. App. 1978). Counsel indicates that she has
thoroughly reviewed the record and that she is unable to advance any grounds of
error that warrant reversal. See Anders, 386 U.S. at 744, 87 S. Ct. at 1400; Mitchell
v. State, 193 S.W.3d 153, 155 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2006, no pet.).
Appellant’s counsel has informed us that she has delivered a copy of the
motion to withdraw and Anders brief to appellant and informed him of his right to
file a pro se response. See In re Schulman, 252 S.W.3d 403, 408 (Tex. Crim. App.
2008). Furthermore, counsel has certified that she has sent a copy of the records to
appellant for his response. See Kelly v. State, 436 S.W.3d 313, 322 (Tex. Crim. App.
2 See TEX. PENAL CODE ANN. § 12.32(a) (West 2011).
2014). Appellant has not filed any pro se response to his counsel’s Anders brief and
his deadline has expired.
We have independently reviewed the entire record in this appeal, and we
conclude that no reversible error exists in the record, that there are no arguable
grounds for review, and that therefore the appeal is frivolous. See Anders, 386 U.S.
at 744, 87 S. Ct. at 1400 (emphasizing that reviewing court—and not counsel—
determines, after full examination of proceedings, whether appeal is wholly
frivolous); Garner v. State, 300 S.W.3d 763, 767 (Tex. Crim. App. 2009) (reviewing
court must determine whether arguable grounds for review exist); Bledsoe v. State,
178 S.W.3d 824, 826–27 (Tex. Crim. App. 2005) (reviewing court is not to address
merits of each claim raised in Anders brief or pro se response after determining there
are no arguable grounds for review); Mitchell, 193 S.W.3d at 155. An appellant may
challenge a holding that there are no arguable grounds for appeal by filing a petition
for discretionary review in the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. See Bledsoe, 178
S.W.3d at 827 & n.6.
Accordingly, we affirm the judgment of the trial court and grant counsel’s
motion to withdraw.3 See TEX. R. APP. P. 43.2(a). Attorney Patti Sedita must
3 Appointed counsel still has a duty to inform appellant of the result of this appeal and that he may, on his own, pursue discretionary review in the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. See Bledsoe v. State, 178 S.W.3d 824, 826–27 (Tex. Crim. App. 2005).
immediately send the required notice and file a copy of that notice with the Clerk of
this Court. See TEX. R. APP. P. 6.5(c)
Outcome: We dismiss any other pending motions as moot.