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Knife unopened, but still ‘dangerous’ (access required)

Court upholds conviction in first-impression ruling

A knife blade does not have to be open and exposed to be “dangerous” during a robbery, the North Carolina Court of Appeals unanimously ruled in a case of first impression. In State v. Whisenant, the court rebuked Jackson Whisenant’s contentions that his December 2014 Kmart heist did not warrant a subsequent robbery with a dangerous ...

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