State v. McNeill, 371 N.C. 198 (Jun. 8, 2018)

In this capital case, the court rejected the defendant’s argument that information he provided his lawyers regarding the location of the victim’s body was inadmissible by virtue of the attorney-client privilege. Here, the trial court correctly determined that the information was not protected by the privilege. Specifically, testimony of defense counsel at a hearing before the trial court plainly established that the defendant communicated the information to counsel with the purpose that it be relayed to law enforcement to assist in the search for the victim. Because the communication was made for the purpose of being conveyed by counsel to others, it was not privileged.