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NORTH CAROLINA COURT OF APPEALS
Filed: 20 November 2007
STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA
v. Cleveland County
Nos. 06 CRS 050812 - 050813
TROY LAMONT CROCKETT
Appeal by defendant from judgments entered 25 August 2006 by
Judge J. Gentry Caudill in Cleveland County Superior Court. Heard
in the Court of Appeals 16 November 2007.
Attorney General Roy Cooper, by Special Deputy Attorney
General Douglas A. Johnston and Assistant Attorney General
William B. Crumpler, for the State.
Nancy R. Gaines, for defendant-appellant.
Troy Lamont Crockett (defendant) appeals from judgments
entered after a jury found him to be guilty of two counts of
robbery with a dangerous weapon pursuant to N.C. Gen. Stat. § 14-
87. We dismiss defendant's appeal.
The State's evidence tended to show that on 5 February 2006,
N.K. Patel (Patel), part owner of The Curve View Express Market,
was working at the register. Around 4:45 p.m., Patel was waiting
on Billy Hunt (Hunt), a customer, when two armed men entered the
store. One man brandished a pistol and demanded Hunt's wallet.
Hunt handed over his wallet containing $70.00 to one of the men.
The other man, later identified as defendant, carried a shotgun andwore a towel around his head so that only his eyes were visible.
Defendant pointed the shotgun at Patel's head and demanded the
money from the cash register. Patel opened the cash register and
took out the drawer. As defendant bent over to take the money from
the drawer, the towel dropped down and Patel saw defendant's face.
Defendant grabbed all the bills from the drawer, approximately
$224.00. Defendant and his accomplice exited the store. Patel
called the police immediately.
On the way to the store, located on McBriar Street and Warren
Streets, Shelby Police Department Officers L.A. Cox (Officer Cox)
and Barbie Ledford (Officer Ledford) received information that
the two men ran south on McBriar Street toward the McBriar Street
Apartments. As the officers patrolled McBriar Street, they
observed a man run and dart behind a hedgerow, located about 0.2
miles from The Curve View Express Market. The officers continued
driving down McBriar Street past the hedgerow and, in the rearview
mirror, saw the man step out from behind the hedgerow.
Officer Cox turned the patrol car around, stopped the car, and
ordered the man to lie onto the ground. The man complied. When
Officer Ledford patted the man down, she found a large quantity of
money wadded up in the man's back right pocket totaling $286.00.
The officers detained defendant and called for a show-up
identification procedure. A police officer drove Patel to
defendant's location. Patel recognized defendant and identified
him as the man with the towel and told the officers, this is the
person [who] robbed me. On 13 February 2006, defendant was indicted on two counts of
robbery with a dangerous weapon. On 25 August 2006, the jury found
defendant guilty of two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon.
The trial court found defendant to be a Prior Record Level II
offender and sentenced him to two consecutive terms of a minimum of
seventy-five months and a maximum of ninety-nine months
imprisonment. Defendant appeals.
Defendant argues the trial court erred by admitting Patel's
show-up identification because it resulted from an unlawful arrest.
III. Admission of Evidence
In defendant's sole argument, he contends he was unlawfully
arrested and the trial court erred by admitting Patel's show-up
identification. For the first time on appeal, defendant asserts
the officers seized him without a reasonable articulable suspicion
and the resulting show-up identification should have been excluded
under the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution.
Defendant did not preserve this argument pursuant to N.C. Gen.
Stat. § 15A-979(d).
A motion to suppress made before or during trial is required
to properly preserve for appeal an objection to the admissibility
of evidence. State v. Howie, 153 N.C. App. 801, 802, 571 S.E.2d
245, 246 (2002), cert. denied, 357 N.C. 167, 581 S.E.2d 64 (2003).
N.C. Gen. Stat. § 15A-975(b) and (c) (2005) requires a defendant to
move to suppress evidence prior to trial unless the defendant did
not have reasonable opportunity to make the motion before trial, orunless: (1) a motion to suppress is allowed during trial due to
the State's failure to notify the defendant more than twenty
working days before trial of its intention to use the evidence or
(2) when the defendant discovers additional pertinent facts . . .
which he could not have discovered with reasonable diligence before
the determination of the motion.
Our Supreme Court has held:
Chapter 15A, Article 53, of the General
Statutes sets forth the exclusive method for
challenging evidence on the ground that its
exclusion is constitutionally required. The
defendant has the burden of showing that he
has complied with the procedural requirements
of Article 53. . . . When no exception to the
general rule applies, failure to make a timely
motion to suppress prior to trial is a waiver
of any right to contest the inadmissibility of
evidence on constitutional grounds.
State v. Maccia, 311 N.C. 222, 227-28, 316 S.E.2d 241, 244 (1984).
Here, defendant failed to move to suppress or assert that an
exception to the general rule applies. Defendant has not carried
his burden and has waived his objections to the admissibility of
the evidence. This assignment of error is dismissed.
Defendant did not preserve his argument for appeal pursuant to
N.C. Gen. Stat. § 15A-979(d). The trial court properly admitted
the evidence of Patel's identification of defendant. Defendant's
appeal is dismissed.
Judges GEER and STEPHENS concur.
Report per Rule 30(e).
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