State v. Buchanan, ___ N.C. App. ___, 818 S.E.2d 703 (Aug. 7, 2018)

In this assault case, the court rejected the defendant’s argument that the trial court erred by denying his motion to dismiss the charges due to the insufficiency of the evidence. The defendant asserted that the State’s own evidence showed that the defendant acted in self-defense after he was violently assaulted. The defendant argued that because the State’s evidence tended only to exculpate the defendant, his motion to dismiss should have been granted. The court found that the evidence did not tend only to exculpate the defendant. Rather, there was substantial evidence to contradict the defendant’s claim of self-defense.