Heard in the Court of Appeals December 9, 2013.
This Decision is not final until expiration of the twenty-one day rehearing period. [North Carolina Rules of Appellate Procedure 32(b)]
Durham County. No. 12 CRS 56936. R. Allen Baddour Jr., Judge.
Attorney General Roy Cooper, by Assistant Attorney General Teresa M. Postell, for the State.
Appellate Defender Staples Hughes, by Assistant Appellate Defender Kathleen M. Joyce, for Defendant.
ERVIN, Judge. Chief Judge MARTIN and Judge McCULLOUGH concur.
Appeal by the State from order entered 19 February 2013 by Judge R. Allen Baddour
in Durham County Superior Court.
The State has sought appellate review of an order dismissing two counts of obtaining property by false pretenses that had been lodged against Defendant Sharkeem Jammarcus Foushee and precluding the State from calling certain witnesses to testify at the trial of a separate felonious larceny charge that had been lodged against Defendant, with both of these decisions resting on the trial court's determination that the State had violated the provisions of N.C. Gen. Stat. § 15A-903. On appeal, the State argues that the trial court erroneously dismissed the obtaining property by false pretenses charges on the grounds that the State had not, in fact, violated the applicable discovery statutes. After careful consideration of the State's challenge to the trial court's order in light of the record and the applicable law, we conclude that the trial court's order should be reversed and that this case should be remanded to the Durham County Superior Court for further proceedings not inconsistent with this opinion.
I. Factual Background
On 17 July 2012, a warrant for arrest charging Defendant with one count of felonious larceny and two counts of obtaining property by false pretenses was issued. According to the allegations contained in the warrant, Defendant took twenty-six rings and a pair of earrings with a total value of $17,655 belonging to Alfreda Andrews and pawned four of the rings at Friendly Jewelry and Pawn Shop based upon a representation that he owned the property in question. On 17 September 2012, the Durham County grand jury returned a bill of indictment charging Defendant with one count of ...