BOILING SPRING LAKES, NC (WECT) – The police chief in Boiling Spring Lakes and his son were in court Wednesday morning after being indicted by a grand jury earlier this week.
Chief Emmett Ballree, 52, and his 27-year-old son, Michael Ballree, turned themselves into authorities Tuesday, according to a spokesperson for the sheriff's office.
In court Wednesday, they both asked for court appointed attorneys in their cases.
The NC Department of Justice said Emmett Ballree faces one felony count of aiding and abetting and his son faces one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon. Both currently reside in Southport.
The police chief was suspended by the city in July for allegations of potential abuse of powers. The SBI is investigating Ballree as well, but BSL's city manager said the two investigations are unrelated.
According to a spokeswoman for the SBI, the investigation began at the request of a superior court judge and District Attorney Jon David. David's request for an investigation stemmed from a complaint he received regarding Ballree.