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The Columbus county grand jury found probable cause to seek an indictment against State Senator R.C. Soles, for shooting a man on his property in late August. Twenty-two year old Kyle Blackburn is a former client of Soles’ legal practice. He says he was leaving the property when he was shot. SBI agents presented evidence to the Grand Jury this afternoon, regarding the August 23rd shooting. At the end of the day, the Grand Jury requested a bill indictment against Soles, for assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. Attorney General Roy Cooper’s office plans to present an indictment to the Grand Jury for consideration in January. Assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury is a Class E felony in North Carolina, punishable by 15 to 31 months in prison. If convicted, Sen. Soles would lose his right to vote, and therefore lose the ability to serve in the State Legislature. Thursday’s Grand Jury only considered charges for the shooting. The SBI is also looking into allegations of sexual molestation. That investigation is ongoing.

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Shannon Soles
2015 years 9 months ago

I am glad that he is finally being charged with something that he has done. He just needs to be charged with the rest of things that he has done in the past.

2015 years 9 months ago

Soles was in his house when Kyle Blackburn, shouting threats, tried to kick in his door.
Soles shot Kyle in self-defense. End of story.

WWAY has gleefully reported every little tidbit from this tawdry tale for the past several months. As a citizen of Tabor City, I know RC personally, and I have the deepest respect for him. And I am confident that he will be found innocent of all charges.

2015 years 9 months ago

Soles exited the house and shot Blackburn in the yard. Unless he can prove that Blackburn was advancing on him in the yard and that he fired to protect his life, firing that weapon totally defied any legal requirement to justify deadly force under both NCGS and common law.

2015 years 9 months ago

ITs about time they did something with R.C. Soles. Soles has giving his last name a bad rep. Some of my family is related to him and they are a shame of him. He has diseraced the family name. I hope that he gets every thing he deserves. The FBI needs to look into why all the young men that is connected to R.C. Soles have been in so much trouble with the law. They were not in all this trouble with the law untill they around R.C. Soles. Also why did a young man that was connected to R.C. Soles also drowned.

Guest Roy the man
2015 years 9 months ago

Your post is meaningless, It has so many mistakes in spelling and grammar that I can’t believe what you have to say because I’m too busy judging your upbringing and level of ignorance. You put yourself out there to be made fun of. Aren’t there any schools in Tabor city? Ignorant!

Concerned Yam City Citizen
2015 years 9 months ago

This is great reporting. It’s about time this indictment was sought. Hopefully in January the Grand Jury will vote for Senator Soles to be indicted.

2015 years 9 months ago

..no entertainment for the winter months…its gonna be a long, cold, boring winter!

2015 years 9 months ago

Sen. Soles has apparently had this “boy” problem for over 20 years. He should resign and seek counseling before all the “good ole boys” release him to ruin more lives.

2015 years 9 months ago

for glee in anticipation of Senator Soles standing in a court’s docket any time soon.

First, the recommendation for indictment won’t be placed until after New Year.

Plan on a lot of pre-trial discovery time.

Look for a change in venue motion to be filed and most likely granted.

Look for all the negative media and all the recent criminal activity of various young miscreants to come into consideration.

If things begin to look sour in the defense, do not be surprised at a trial delay as he deals with health related issues which would prevent him from being present to participate in his defense.

Better find something else to look for in entertainment over the winter.

2015 years 9 months ago

This gets even better.

Has anyone considered why the Attorney General chose to present the bill of indictment in January to the Grand Jury for consideration?

A Grand Jury is composed of 18 people chosen randomly by computer. They serve for 1 year.

Half are chosen in July and half are chosen in January.

Present the Bill of Indictment for consideration after January’s new members are sworn, and suddenly you have 9 new faces to consider the possibility of charges against the Senator.

And it takes 12 votes, from the 18 member panel, to confirm the charges be brought.

Interesting how that works out.

Could that have any bearing on the time it took for this to be investigated?

2015 years 9 months ago

Kyle Blackburn was verbally threatening Mr. Soles while he was trying to kick in the door to Soles’ house. Soles had every right to defend himself.

This indictment looks to me like the Grand Jury has ignored the evidence against blackburn, a career hooligan, and, perversely, is out to punish Mr. Soles.

But Senator Soles has legions of supporters, and we will stand beside him all the way. Make no doubt about it, he will be exonerated.

2015 years 9 months ago

The strong letters of support sound almost exactly like the solid support our former Brunswick high sheriff got right up to and beyond his confession. I have no idea what is really going on but this amount of smoke would indicate a serious problem exists. No one should be above the law and Mr. Soles may not be the first nor the last law maker that failed to remember that.

2015 years 9 months ago

Even if that was the case and he was at the home, he was in the process of leaving and was shot in the BACK of the leg, that does not sound like self defense to me.

This whole thing has been wrong right from the start. Why is an attorney paying his clients any money at all? Shouldn’t that be the other way around, I thought clients paid for attorney services.

Regardless, he needs to step down. His personal life is taking up to much of his time and the State is suffering from not having decent representation. If he truly cares about this State then he will at least do one right thing and remove himself from office. As for all of his supporters, you need to get real and realize he is not the person you all think he is. I am sure this has been going on for a very long time and he just happened to get caught. What other reason would a State Representative be paying young men, who don’t seem very educated, other then receiving something in return. The whole case makes no sense. Hopefully now with Gore out of the picture Justice will be served. I would love to be proved wrong in this matter but I just don’t think that is going to happen.


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