State v. Howard, 367 N.C. 320 (Mar. 7, 2014)

The court affirmed per curiam the decision below in State v. Howard, 228 N.C. App. 103 (June 18, 2013) (over a dissent, the court dismissed the defendant’s appeal where the defendant objected to the challenged evidence at trial under Rule 403 but on appeal argued that it was improper under Rule 404(b); the court stated: “A defendant cannot ‘swap horses between courts in order to get a better mount’“; the dissenting judge believed that the defendant preserved his argument and that the evidence was improperly admitted).