State v. Ellison, 213 N.C. App. 300 (Jul. 19, 2011)

aff'd on other grounds, 366 N.C. 439 (Mar. 8, 2013)

The trial court did not abuse its discretion by granting the State’s motion to join charges against two defendants. The defendant had argued that as a result of joinder, the jury was allowed to consider against him “other crimes” evidence introduced against a co-defendant. The court rejected this argument, concluding that the no prejudice occurred; the defendant was clearly not involved in the other crime and the trial court gave an appropriate limiting instruction.