State v. Sharpless, 221 N.C. App. 132 (Jun. 5, 2012)

In a murder and assault case involving a home invasion and two victims, the trial court did not err by admitting testimony from the surviving victim that touched on the deceased victim’s state of mind when he initially opened the door to the intruder. The surviving victim “merely gave his understanding and interpretation of what went on at the door based on his sitting in the next room and being able to hear the whole situation.” As such, the surviving victim properly testified regarding his own beliefs of the sequence of events that took place at the door.