UPDATE: Grand Jury indicts Sen. R.C. Soles

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Posted by Debra Worley - email

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - North Carolina's longest-serving lawmaker faces a criminal assault charge for shooting a former client who had kicked the front door of his home.

A Grand Jury in Columbus County has indicted State Senator R.C. Soles.

Soles is facing charges for assault with a deadly weapon with intent of inflicting serious bodily harm.

Click here to read the official indictment

The case stems from a shooting incident at Soles' home in August 2009, 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.

Seventeen jurors spent most of Thursday hearing from sheriff's deputies and SBI agents who were called to the senator's home in Tabor City to investigate the shooting.

Soles claims he shot Blackburn in self defense, but the Grand Jury determined otherwise.

The senator was not at the courthouse Thursday when his indictment came in, but he will have to be at the courthouse when his case goes to court.

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