Posted by Debra Worley - email
COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A Columbus County Grand Jury recommended the North Carolina Attorney General's office seek an indictment of State Senator R.C. Soles Thursday, according to the Attorney General's office.
This stems from a shooting incident at Soles home in August, when Soles said two men, Kyle Blackburn and B.J. Wright, tried to kick down his door. Soles shot Blackburn in the leg at his home during the incident. He claimed self-defense.
"I think it's important for everyone to understand their rights, that they do have the right to defend and protect themselves," said Deputy Charles Smith with the New Hanover Co. Sheriff's Office. "But the use of deadly force is very serious, and it will be investigated by a law enforcement agency as well as the District Attorney's office."
SBI agents presented evidence to the Grand Jury regarding the shooting outside Soles' residence.
The Grand Jury found probable cause and requested that the Attorney General's Office submit a bill indictment against Soles for assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. That's a felony.
A spokesperson for the Attorney General's office confirms lawyers will present an indictment case against Soles to a Grand Jury in January. The spokesperson also says other issues involving Soles remain under investigation by SBI and the Attorney General.
Click here to read the presentment
Below is a statement issued by Joe Cheshire, Senator Soles' personal attorney:
We have been informed that the Columbus County Grand Jury has returned a presentment in the case of our client, Senator RC Soles. To be clear, a presentment is not an indictment or a criminal charge. It is simply a request by the Grand Jury to be allowed to consider whether probable cause exists for an indictment or charge. As the Grand Jury continues its work, Senator Soles continues to maintain that he acted in defense of his life and his home on August 23, 2009.
--Statement of Joe Cheshire and Brad Bannon
According to the Attorney General's office, a presentment can be the step before the presentation of a true bill of indictment to a grand jury.
Stay with WECT and wect.com as this investigation continues.