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Criminal Practice – Murder – Self-Defense Claim – Character for Peacefulness – Past Crimes – Juvenile Adjudications (access required)

State v. Williams Where defendant’s mother testified that defendant was not a violent person, she placed a pertinent trait of his character at issue. The state could then question her about defendant’s prior crimes under N.C. R. Evid. 404(a)(1) in rebuttal to defendant’s character evidence as to his peaceful nature.

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