-At the conclusion of the evidence for the State the defendant moved for judgment as of nonsuit on the count and charge of murder in the first degree. This motion was overruled and the defendant excepted. The defendant then rested without offering testimony and renewed his motion, which was again overruled and defendant excepted. These exceptions are the subject matter of the defendant’s only assignment of -error. A careful perusal of the testimony leads us to the conclusion that this assignment is without merit.
The evidence considered in the light most favorable to the State tends to establish the following facts: (1) The defendant, a man about 30 years of age, had been associating with the deceased, a woman of about 25 years of age, for three or four years. (2) Shortly prior to the homicide deceased had been associating with another man and wanted to “call it quits” with the defendant for the other party, and the defendant had been warning the other man to “stop messing with her.” This situation had existed for approximately twelve months. (3) On the morning-preceding the homicide defendant saw the deceased on the back of Teet’s (the other man) luggage carrier. (4) On the day of the homicide the defendant and the deceased were seen on Center Street in the city of Goldsboro. The defendant was on a bicycle. “The woman was trying to get around the wheel to go towards town and the defendant would not turn her loose. He was sitting on the wheel and she was screaming trying to get her arm loose from his so that she could go towards town. When he had her by the arm and she was screaming, she was saying, 'Don’t let him kill me.’ He kept trying to get her on the wheel and couldn’t and he told her he was going to kill her if she did not. She kept screaming and hollering like she was scared to death, she was only begging for help. When he could not keep her on the wheel he pulled a pistol out of his pocket. He put his arm around her and the pistol against her neck, and told her if she put her foot in the wheel he was going to kill her before he left where she was. He had the barrel of the pistol on her neck, with the barrel against her. He would ask her to quit hollering and was still telling her he was going to kill her, and finally he got her on the wheel and whenever he would start off she would stick her foot in the wheel and stop it. He put her on the cross-bar and would go a short distance before it would stop. Whenever he would *574start going along sbe would kick her foot in tbe wheel and boiler ‘Ob my foot, you bave killed me/ then tbe wheel would stop when sbe bad her foot in it. Sbe kept begging him to let her alone as sbe bad to go up town. He would twist her arm to get her on tbe wheel and sbe would be half on and half off, and they beaded in tbe opposite direction from town. He finally got her on tbe wheel and they started off again and went about seventy yards when sbe stopped tbe wheel again. Then be told her tbe next time you stick your foot in tbe wheel I am going to kill you before we go any further. They stopped again and be pushed her and that is when be shot her tbe first time. When sbe left tbe wheel it looked as though her foot was twisted and sbe turned with her side to him. He was still on tbe wheel next to tbe sidewalk. When first fired sbe kind of wobbled and fell, it looked to me like sbe was falling when be shot her again, sbe fell flat on her back. He shot her tbe third time when sbe was on her back. Sbe begged him not to shoot from tbe beginning. After be shot her tbe last time be got on bis wheel and went up North Center Street ... it was at least fifteen minutes from tbe time they were on tbe corner arguing until be shot her down tbe street.” Tbe deceased died almost immediately. (5) After tbe homicide tbe defendant stated, when asked why be did it, that be was worried as be bad been going with this girl and sbe bad broke him and wanted to call it quits for another man and if sbe could not do him any good that sbe would not bave anyone else. He said he told her, “If you are not going to be any good to me you are not going to be to anyone else,” and then shot.
This evidence tends to show a motive for tbe killing and that it was done with premeditation and deliberation. It is sufficient to repel defendant’s motion for judgment as of nonsuit and to sustain tbe verdict of tbe jury.
We bave examined with care tbe record as a whole and find no merit in tbe defendant’s exceptive assignment of error or in tbe other exceptions entered at tbe trial but not brought forward.