TABOR CITY, NC (WWAY) — Two men with connections to former state Sen. R.C. Soles were scheduled to be in court today in Tabor City, but administrative errors led to both having their court dates pushed back.
Allen “Frog” Strickland has been in court all week in Columbus County for arson charges. A jury acquitted him Thursday.
Friday he was supposed to be tried for separate charges, stemming from allegation of vandalism at Soles’s home near Tabor City in February, including misdemeanor injury to real property, breaking and entering and second degree trespassing.
Strickland’s lawyer says a witness was not subpoenaed for the case, which will push back Strickland’s next appearance to August 20.
B.J. Wright was also supposed to be at the Tabor City Courthouse to face second degree trespassing and resisting a public officer. Wright did not come because he is under house arrest in Whiteville. Even though the judge said a provision should have been made for him to come to court, he decided to allow wright to appear on August 20 as well.
Soles was at court early, but left before either of these cases were called.
We tried to reach District Attorney Jon David about what happened. He has not returned our calls.