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Grand jury indicts Soles


COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- A Columbus County grand jury indicted Sen. R.C. Soles for assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

Last month, a grand jury found probable cause to believe Soles had acted unlawfully when he shot 22-year-old Kyle Blackburn, a client of his law firm. Soles said former client Kyle Blackburn was trying to break into his home outside Tabor City when the shooting took place five months ago.

Today a grand jury decided there was enough evidence to move forward with a trial for North Carolina's longest serving state senator. The grand jury met at the Columbus County Court House behind close doors. Nine new members were selected to replace those who had fulfilled their service since granting the presentment last month.

Just after 2 p.m. the jury returned 59 true bills of indictment, one indicting Soles for assault with a deadly weapon, which is a Class E felony.

If he's found guilty Soles could serve up to two and a half years in prison. His next court date is scheduled for February 10.

Soles's attorneys Joe Cheshire and Brad Bannon said in a statement: "We are disappointed with the indictment of Senator Soles and maintain that he was acting in defense of himself and his home on August 23. We will continue to work with the Attorney General’s Office to resolve this unfortunate matter, consistent with the truth. Absent any new developments, we will have no further public comment about it."

No word yet on when soles will be arrested or turn himself in.

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Long time Anti-Gun Advocate State Senator R.C. Soles, 74, shot one of two intruders at his home just outside TaborCity, N.C. about 5 p.m. Sunday, the prosecutor for the politician's home county said. The victim, Kyle Blackburn, was taken to a South Carolina hospital, but the injuries were not reported to be life-threatening, according to Rex Gore, district attorney for Columbus, Bladen andBrunswick counties.. The State Bureau of Investigation and Columbus County Sheriff's Department are investigating the shooting, Gore said. Soles, who was not arrested,declined to discuss the incident Sunday evening. "I am not in a position to talk to you," Soles said by telephone. "I'm right in the middle of an investigation." Soles, a top-ranking Democrat and the longest-serving member of the legislature, already was the subject of an SBI investigation over sexual misconduct allegations with former male clients. (FHW - Now, that sounds more like a liberal to me). The Senator, who has made a career of being against gun ownership for the general public, didn't hesitate to defend himself with his own gun when he believed he was in immediate danger and he was the victim. In typical hypocritical liberal fashion, the "Do As I Say And Not As I Do" Anti-Gun Activist Lawmaker picked up his gun and took action in what apparently was a self-defense shooting. Why hypocritical you may ask? It is because his long legislative record shows that the actions that he took to protect his family, his own response to a dangerous life threatening situation, are actions that he feels ordinary citizens should not have if they were faced with an identical situation. It has prompted some to ask if the Senator believes his life and personal safety is more valuable than yours or mine. But, this is to be expected from those who believe they can run our lives, raise our kids, and protect our families better than we can


Let's hope that the case continues like Soles was an average person, not with the political clout he has. The trouble is, look at all the comments from supporters who are unwilling to see anything beyond the end of their noses - just like those who still support R. Hewett. Until people are willing to admit those who are in power are capable of less than stellar conduct, our country will continue its decline. Leaders should be above corruption and guilt. Those who continue to support them are just as guilty - maybe more so - because what they apparently get from them is more important than what the man is. It is not political, it is moral ... period.

It seems

you miss a crucial point.

A verdict should not be based on local gossip or neighborhood, sly innuendo.

A verdict should be based on fact.

Every person is entitled to a fair and impartial trial by jury, if he so desires, or by a Judge. Everyone is deemed innocent until proven guilty. We have something in the Country called a Bill of Rights which protects the individual's inalienable rights. Maybe you should read it and the Constitution.

As to the amount of bail required, think about the intent of bail. Bail is intended to allow the release of a person charged with a crime until his trial takes place. It's intended to ensure the charged individual shows up for trial. We're talking a 70 something year old man who is caring for his 98 year old Father. In all liklihood, although it was not reported, he was likely required to surrender his passport.

You can bet he'll be there when the trial opens. I wish I had the time to sit in the court and watch his team of attorneys question these youthful miscreants; and rest assured they will. If you've followed the news reports, they hardly seem literate; I can imagine his attorneys will have a field day of questioning them.

Oh, if you're counting on all that personal stuff coming out in open court; be ready for disappointment. You can rest assured his attorneys will object vehemently to any question on any activity which is not directly related to the shooting. And a judge will have to concur. This trial will be about the shooting and only the shooting. Activities of 15 or more years ago, or activities surrounding "Frog" will be irrelevant to the trial.

Of course, while there is a court date set in Feburary, don't get your hopes up the trial will quickly follow.