June 11, 2015
STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA
CURTIS MARIO BENTON
Heard in the Supreme Court on 19 March 2015.
Roy Cooper, Attorney General, by Derrick C. Mertz, Assistant Attorney General, for the State-appellant.
Mark L. Hayes for defendant-appellee.
On discretionary review pursuant to N.C.G.S. § 7A-31 of a unanimous, unpublished decision of the Court of Appeals,
__ N.C.App. __, 762 S.E.2d 1 (2014), reversing an order entered on 25 April 2013 by Judge Ronald E. Spivey, and vacating a judgment dated 6 May 2013 and entered on 15 May 2013 by Judge David L. Hall, in Superior Court, Guilford County.
In State v. Jackson, the Court of Appeals concluded in a divided opinion that the stop of the defendant in that case, Tiyoun Jimek Jackson, was not supported by reasonable suspicion.
__ N.C.App. __, __, 758 S.E.2d 39, 46 (2014). Based on its opinion in Jackson, the Court of Appeals concluded that the stop of the defendant in this companion case, Curtis Mario Benton, was also not supported by reasonable suspicion. State v. Benton,
__ N.C.App. __, 762 S.E.2d 1, 2014 WL 2507700, at *1 (2014) (unpublished). On appeal to this Court, we concluded that the stop of defendant Jackson was supported by reasonable suspicion, and we therefore reversed the decision of Court of Appeals. State v. Jackson,
__ N.C. __, __, __ S.E.2d __, __, (June 11, 2015) (183A14). Accordingly, the decision of the Court of Appeals in State v. Benton, N.C.App. , 762 S.E.2d 1 (2014) is vacated and remanded to that court for reconsideration in light of our opinion in State v. Jackson,
__ N.C. __, __ S.E.2d __, (2015).
VACATED AND REMANDED.