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State v. Morgan

Supreme Court of North Carolina
340 S.E.2d 84 (1986)


Facts

The State of North Carolina (plaintiff) prosecuted Bradley Morgan (defendant) for murdering Austin Harrell. At trial, Morgan testified he acted in self-defense when Harrell threatened his life. On recross examination, the prosecutor questioned Morgan about two recent prior incidents in which Morgan allegedly pointed a gun at other people. Morgan was not charged with assault for either incident, and the prosecutor introduced no other evidence relating to the incidents. The jury convicted Morgan for Harrell's murder. On appeal to the Supreme Court of North Carolina, Morgan argued the trial judge erred in admitting evidence of the prior assaults.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Meyer, J.)

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