COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - The government shutdown in Washington, D.C. is having an impact on a local district attorney's office.
The impact is being felt in the 17th District, which covers Brunswick, Columbus, and Bladen Counties.
According to District Attorney Jon David, who represents that district, his office was recently approved for a sexual assault and domestic violence grant. He says that since Brunswick County already has a similar grant, he's putting the new resources in Bladen and Columbus Counties.
David says that high-profile cases, like the recent conviction of Derrick Robinson, who sexually assaulted his stepdaughters, and the conviction of Elijah Jones, who killed his wife in the parking lot of Columbus Regional Healthcare System, helped his office get the grant.
According to David, because of the government shutdown receiving money for the grant is on hold. But once his office does finally get the funding, David says he will hire a prosecutor and victim witness coordinator, who will only focus on sexual assault and domestic violent cases.
"When you have people who can only look at one issue and don't have to deal with the maddening that comes with being a district court prosecutor…focus exclusively on the problem of domestic violence, it allows you to get greater success in a category of cases that historically have had some real challenges in prosecuting them," said David.
David says that despite funding for the two positions being on hold, he's still advertising to fill them.
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