WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) - A bigamy victim featured on our newscast a year and a half ago is moving on with her life, but has yet to receive justice.
Kelly Butler married Timothy Pennock at Wrightsville Beach almost 2 years ago. At the time, she thought she was his 1st wife, but later learned she was his 4th, and that he was still married to wife number 3.
With our help, Butler had felony bigamy warrants taken out against Pennock, who at the time was a sergeant in the US Army. But because of the expense, the New Hanover County District Attorney declined to extradite Pennock from California back to Wilmington to face his criminal charges.
Butler says as a result, Pennock has basically gotten away with the crime, and he's since had a child with another woman. What's more, Butler has ongoing legal issues of her own due to her invalid marriage to Pennock.
"I'm in a gray zone where technically I'm single, but I have a marriage certificate attached to my name," Butler explained. "So if I want to get married again in the state of North Carolina I have to get an annulment, but I can't get an annulment."
Butler says she can't get an annulment because North Carolina law requires both parties be present to annul a marriage, and Pennock won't come back because he's wanted on felony bigamy charges here.
On a positive note, Butler said she is in a relationship with someone new, and they are very happy together.
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