January 23, 2015
STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA
JOSHUA ANDREW STEPP
Heard in the Supreme Court: January 12, 2015.
Roy Cooper, Attorney General, by Anne M. Middleton and Sherri Horner Lawrence, Assistant Attorneys General, for the State-appellant.
Staples S. Hughes, Appellate Defender, by Barbara S. Blackman, Assistant Appellate Defender, for defendant-appellee.
Appeal pursuant to N.C.G.S. § 7A-30(2) from the decision of a divided panel of the Court of Appeals,
__ N.C.App. __, 753 S.E.2d 485 (2014), reversing a judgment entered on 13
September 2011 by Judge W. Osmond Smith, III in Superior Court, Wake County and
ordering that defendant receive a new trial.
For the reasons stated in the dissenting opinion, the decision of the Court of Appeals is reversed.