No. 510A89.

394 S.E.2d 158 (1990)

327 N.C. 194

STATE of North Carolina v. Philip Reid PAYNE, Jr.

Supreme Court of North Carolina.

July 26, 1990.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Lacy H. Thornburg, Atty. Gen. by Jane P. Gray, Sp. Deputy Atty. Gen., Raleigh, for the State.

Sam J. Ervin, IV and Robert C. Ervin, Morganton, for the defendant appellant.

MITCHELL, Justice.

The defendant, Philip Reid Payne, Jr., was tried at the 30 May 1989 Criminal Session of Superior Court, Burke County, upon a true bill of indictment charging him with the murder of his wife, Pamela B. Payne. The jury found the defendant guilty of first-degree murder based upon the theory that the killing was premeditated and deliberate. At the conclusion of a separate sentencing proceeding under N.C. G.S. § 15A-2000, the defendant was sentenced...

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