State v. King

468 S.E.2d 232 (1996)

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State v. King

North Carolina Supreme Court
468 S.E.2d 232 (1996)

Facts

Ernest King (defendant) was charged with the murder of Meredith Mark Peaks. At trial, the prosecution (plaintiff) called Eric Shaw as a witness. Shaw testified over King’s objection that he sold cocaine for King and that King ran a drug organization. Shaw testified that a few days before Peaks was killed, Peaks robbed one of King’s drug dealers. When the dealer told King about it, Shaw heard King say, “nobody was going to take nothing” from him. Shaw also testified that he subsequently heard King say that King was going to make Peaks a ghost. Finally, Shaw testified that he saw King kill Peaks. King was convicted, and he appealed, arguing that the detailed testimony about his drug dealing should not have been admitted.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Lake, J.)

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