State v. Bradsher, ___ N.C. App. ___, 805 S.E.2d 191 (Sept. 19, 2017)

The trial court erred by denying the defendant’s motion to dismiss a charge of misdemeanor injury to personal property. First, the State failed to present sufficient evidence showing that the defendant intended to cause injury to the personal property. The property in question was appliances, owned by the defendant’s landlord, that the defendant was alleged to have damaged while moving them from one home to another. The only evidence on point was the defendant’s own testimony, in which she acknowledged that the damage could have occurred during moving. This was insufficient to show that the defendant intentionally caused the damage. Second, the evidence was insufficient to establish that the defendant was the person who damaged the appliances.