State v. Johnson, ___ N.C. App. ___, 795 S.E.2d 126 (Dec. 20, 2016)

The evidence was sufficient to sustain a charge of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury based on a theory of acting in concert. It was undisputed that the victim sustained serious injury; the only real issue was whether the evidence was sufficient to allow a reasonable inference that the defendant was a perpetrator of the crime. Another individual, Mr. Robinson, shot the victim. The evidence showed that the defendant and the victim’s wife drove to the victim’s residence, where the victim and his wife engaged in a dispute over custody of their children until the police arrived and required the defendant and the victim’s wife to leave without the children. The next evening the defendant drove his vehicle, with Robinson and the victim’s wife, back to the victim’s residence, carying with them firearms, bulletproof vests, and walkie-talkie radios that were turned on and set the same channel. The vehicle was waiting in the victim’s apartment parking lot when he arrived home. Robinson, who did not know the victim, shot the victim and asked him if he wanted to die. The defendant assisted Robinson in restraining the victim, placed a handcuff on one of the victim’s wrists, tried to cuff both of the victim’s wrists, searched the victim’s pockets, and escorted the victim’s children from his apartment to the vehicle where the victim’s wife was waiting. After neighbors found the victim bleeding from gunshot wounds, the defendant sped away from the scene with the victim’s wife, Robinson, and the children. This evidence was sufficient to sustain and acting in concert charge.