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State v. Young

Supreme Court of North Carolina
325 S.E.2d 181 (1985)


Facts

Young (defendant) decided to rob Cooke with two accomplices in order to buy liquor and to kill Cooke in the process. Young walked up to Cooke’s front door, asked Cooke to get some liquor out of his kitchen, and stabbed him when he returned with the liquor. Young then told one of his accomplices to stab Cooke until he died, which the accomplice did. Young and the two accomplices then scoured Cooke’s house for valuables before leaving. Young was charged and convicted of first-degree murder, first-degree burglary, and other felonies. Young was sentenced to death and appealed.

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