State v. TaylorAnnotate this Case
The Supreme Court modified and affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the trial court's determination that Defendant failed to demonstrate a fair and just reason for the withdrawal of his guilty plea, holding that the trial court did not err in denying Defendant's motion to withdraw his guilty plea.
Defendant pled guilty to second-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and conspiracy to commit robbery. Defendant later filed a motion to withdraw his guilty plea. The trial court denied Defendant's motion. The court of appeals affirmed after considering and applying the factors identified by the Supreme Court in State v. Handy, 391 S.E.2d 159 (N.C. 1990). The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) the trial court did not err in denying Defendant's motion to withdraw his guilty plea based upon the trial court's ruling that Defendant failed to show any fair and just reason for the withdrawal of his guilty plea; and (2) this Court disavows the dicta contained in the court of appeals' decision regarding the subject of prejudice to the State after the court's stated conclusion that Defendant had not satisfied the Handy factors.