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Courts

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on March 20, 21, 22 and 25 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

     

    Wednesday, March 20

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Quintin McGee and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

  • Death penalty bill sparks controversy

    A bill to end a de-facto moratorium on the death penalty in North Carolina was filed earlier this month in the North Carolina General Assembly.

    Sen. Thom Goolsby, (R-New Hanover) filed legislation to re-start the death penalty in North Carolina. His goal is “to ensure justice for more than 100 North Carolina families whose loved ones’ lives were brutally taken.”

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on March 13, 14, 15, 18 and 19 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, March 13

    Judge Scott L. Ussery presided over the following cases with prosecutor Quintin McGee and courtroom clerk Kim Register:

    David Joseph Adams, PG improper equipment.

  • Tilley, Trojans defeat Scorpions in five innings

    Head coach Mike Alderson has spent much of the last two weeks tinkering with several lineups as his veteran-laden West Brunswick baseball squad suffered a pair of lopsided losses during the early stages of the 2013 season. After dropping an 11-3 decision to Whiteville in the Waccamaw Conference opener, Alderson tweaked the lineup for his club’s next game Friday against cross-county rival North Brunswick.
    The decision worked brilliantly, thanks in large part to performances by junior Chandler Taylor and senior pitcher Landon Tilley.

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over two days of District Criminal Court on March 6 and 11 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, March 6

    Judge Scott L. Ussery presided over the following cases with prosecutor Quintin McGee and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

  • Man serves 25 years of life sentence

    Less than 25 years after being sentenced to life in prison in Brunswick County Superior Court, a man convicted of a first-degree sexual offense has been approved for parole.

    David Alton Bullard, 62, was convicted on June 6, 1988, of a first-degree sexual offense for his role in a sexual assault on July 2, 1987.

    According to court appeal documents filed in 1988, Bullard was found guilty along with a co-defendant for assaulting a female victim. Both men forced the victim to perform fellatio on them by force and against her will.

  • Man gets life sentence for rape, kidnap and murder

    A Brunswick County man has escaped the death penalty by pleading guilty to the 2008 murder of a Leland woman.

    Now Carl Alston, 39, will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole.

    Last Friday was to be the third day of jury selection in Alston’s murder trial. Instead, he pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, first-degree rape and first-degree kidnapping of 49-year-old Valerie Burns.

    Both the prosecution and the judge said her murder was “brutal.”

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Feb. 27 and 28 and March 1, 4 and 5 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, Feb. 27

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Quintin McGee and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

    Brockton Bradley Aherns, PG speeding 70/55.

  • Alston pleads guilty to first-degree murder; sentenced to life in prison

    Carl Alston, 39, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, first-degree rape and first-degree kidnapping in the 2008 murder of 49-year-old Valerie Burns.

    Alston accepted a plea deal on Friday morning—it was to be the third day of jury selection in the trial. District Attorney John David and his office were seeking the death penalty for Alston.

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Feb. 20, 22, 25 and 26 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, Feb. 20

    Judge Pauline Hankins presided over the following cases with prosecutor Glen Emory and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

    Phebie Smith Alderson, reckless driving to endanger, voluntarily dismissed.