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Archive for August, 2012

Judge rejects defense motions in Belton case

Monday, August 20th, 2012

The judge dismissed a flurry of defense motions in the trial of Davis Ray Belton, who is charged with first-degree murder in the September 2011 shooting death of his wife.

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ONLY ON 3: B.J. Wright back in court after window escape try

Monday, August 20th, 2012

WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — A young man with ties to former Sen. R.C. Soles is back in court.

No cameras are allowed in the courtroom, but we caught Wright on camera being escorted in.

Wright faces a host of charges, including cocaine and marijuana possession, resisting and delay and a habitual felon charge. All of the charges stem from incidents early last year.

Monday was the first day of jury selection in the trial. It will continue Tuesday. The process of selecting 12 unbiased citizens is taking a little longer than usual, because of Wright’s public personal life and criminal history.

Wright’s most recent run-in with the law happened about two weeks ago when he jumped out of a second story window at the Columbus County Courthouse. Wright was in court that day for various other charges. When he was held for drug-testing, wright took the plunge.

Monday, Wright was ordered to wear restraints to prevent a similar situation. He wore a taser belt and knee braces under his clothing so potential jurors could not see them.

Monday, Wright was very quiet in the courtroom and let his lawyer Scott Dorman do all the talking.

Although this trial is for five charges, wright currently has 21 pending charges against him.

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Former DA Gore, assistant indicted; Gore issues statement

Monday, August 20th, 2012

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Brunswick County Grand Jury has indicted former District Attorney Rex Gore for allegedly signing off on false expense reports for an assistant district attorney while in office.

According to the indictment, Gore, who served Brunswick, Columbus and Bladen Counties signed off on ADA Elaine Kelley’s expense reports claiming gas money in excess of $14,000 that was not eligible for reimbursement. Gore allegedly told Kelley to claim travel that never took place.

Gore is charged with felonious conspiracy to obtain property by false pretenses.

The Grand Jury also indicted Kelley for obtaining property by false pretense and felonious conspiracy to obtain property by false pretenses. According to court documents, Kelley filled reports saying she drove from Elizabethtown to Bolivia at least once a week for five years for work, which she did not.

In a statement, Gore said: “In the spring of 2005 I hired Elaine Kelly to supervise prosecutions in the Bladen County unit of the District Attorney’s office. Because she was going to be commuting 500-plus miles per week, I included a travel component in her compensation package. It was a choice that I felt I could make because of the broad discretion the elected District Attorney has in handling compensation issues. I had several options available. In the end, I chose a travel mileage plan that limited her to 125 miles for commuting. I have no reason to doubt that each week she claimed that mileage; she consistently traveled at least that many miles. Shortly after I left office at the end of 2010, my authority to approve that compensation package came into question. Eighteen months later my decision has resulted in this charge. I had no intent to overstep my authority.

“While I am disappointed and disagree with the decision to prosecute, I am a strong believer that our jury system is designed in such a way that we ultimately reach right decisions. I am anxious to get this controversy resolved.

“Even though we have entered this current phase, I still take comfort in three things: I received no monetary benefit from my choice; Ms. Kelly received no more money than she would have had I chosen a different compensation package method; and Bladen County had one of the most aggressive, effective prosecutors in the state when she was there.

“I hope that this issue over one of my administrative decisions does not cast a shadow over the great work that prosecutors and staff in the office of the District Attorney have done over the years and continue to do now.”

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Tiny bubbles

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Tropical activity heats up in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Former DA Gore, assistant indicted

Monday, August 20th, 2012

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Brunswick County Grand Jury has indicted former District Attorney Rex Gore for allegedly signing off on false expense reports for an assistant district attorney while in office.

According to the indictment, Gore, who served Brunswick, Columbus and Bladen Counties signed off on ADA Elaine Kelley’s expense reports claiming gas money in excess of $14,000 that was not eligible for reimbursement. Gore allegedly told Kelley to claim travel that never took place.

Gore is charged with felonious conspiracy to obtain property by false pretenses.

The Grand Jury also indicted Kelley for obtaining property by false pretense and felonious conspiracy to obtain property by false pretenses.

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