State v. Thompson, ___ N.C. App. ____, 801 S.E.2d 689 (Jun. 20, 2017)

The trial court did not commit plain error by admitting for illustrative purposes a Facebook picture of the defendant and an accomplice in which the defendant’s middle finger was extended. At trial the State called a detective who testified that the victim showed him a picture of the defendant and the accomplice on the defendant’s Facebook page for identity purposes. The detective printed that picture and it was admitted at trial for illustrative purposes, over the defendant’s objection. The trial court properly admitted the photograph pursuant to G.S. 8-97 to illustrate the detective’s testimony that the victim used the photograph to identify the defendant and his accomplice. The photograph was properly authenticated and the trial court gave a limiting instruction as to its use.