State Senator Soles turns himself in to authorities

(Source: Columbus County Sheriff's Department)
(Source: Columbus County Sheriff's Department)

Reported by Kristy Ondo - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - North Carolina's longest-serving lawmaker turned himself in to authorities after being indicted by a Grand Jury Thursday on an assault charge.

State Senator R.C. Soles drove himself to the Columbus County Detention Center just before 11:15 Friday morning.

Soles declined to comment, saying it wouldn't be appropriate at this time and directed the media to speak to his attorney.

"We're disappointed with the grand jury indictment," said attorney Brad Bannon.  "We continue to maintain that Senator Soles' house was under attack on August the 23rd, and that he was acting in defense of himself and in defense of his home. Other than that, we don't have any additional comment at this time."

According to a jail official, Soles was held until he posted a $5,000 unsecured bond.  His next court appearance is scheduled for the beginning of February.


Click here to read the official indictment

Soles shot Kyle Blackburn in the leg last August when Blackburn and another man were reportedly trying to kick in the senator's front door.  Blackburn was not badly hurt.

Soles claims he shot the young man in self defense, but a Grand Jury determined he intentionally assaulted Blackburn.

The senator is facing charges of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

Last week Soles announced he won't seek re-election to the General Assembly, where he was first elected in 1968.

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