State v. Dale, 343 N.C. 71 (1996)
STATE v. DALE, 343 N.C. 71 (1996)
468 S.E.2d 39
 Defendant also
argues that Ms. Williams' testimony was admissible to explain and
clarify a subject alluded to by the State on direct examination and
that the State "opened the door" to this testimony.
phrase "opening the door" refers to the principle that "[w]here
one party introduces evidence as to a particular fact or
transaction, the other party is entitled to introduce evidence
in explanation or rebuttal thereof, even though such latter
evidence would be incompetent or irrelevant had it been offered
initially." State v. Garner, 330 N.C. 273, 290, 410
S.E.2d 861, 870 (1991) (quoting State v. Albert, 303 N.C.
173, 177, 277 S.E.2d 439, 441 (1981)).
Rose, 335 N.C. 301, 337, 439 S.E.2d 518, 538, cert. denied,
____ U.S. ____, 129 L.Ed.2d 883 (1994).
The State presented evidence through Ms. Williams' testimony that
defendant, Grip, and two other men asked her to help them rob the
victim several days before the killing. Ms. Williams did not give
any testimony on direct examination which related to anything Grip
told her after the killing, and the excluded testimony did not
explain or clarify any evidence presented by the State on her direct
examination. For this reason we conclude that the trial court
properly excluded the testimony with respect to what Grip told Ms.
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