State v. Hurt, 235 N.C. App. 174 (Jul. 15, 2014)

The trial court did not err by refusing to admit during the sentencing hearing the defendant’s evidence consisting of a notebook prepared in connection with earlier sentencing proceedings and containing recitations of an accomplice’s confessions, a forensic blood spatter expert report, and medical reports. The trial court declined to admit the notebook and instead asked that the defendant call live witnesses from his witness list, expressing concern about the “unsupported” and “unauthenticated” nature of the writings.