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ONLY ON 3: B.J. Wright back in court after window escape try

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WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) -- A young man with ties to former Sen. R.C. Soles is back in court.

No cameras are allowed in the courtroom, but we caught Wright on camera being escorted in.

Wright faces a host of charges, including cocaine and marijuana possession, resisting and delay and a habitual felon charge. All of the charges stem from incidents early last year.

Monday was the first day of jury selection in the trial. It will continue Tuesday. The process of selecting 12 unbiased citizens is taking a little longer than usual, because of Wright's public personal life and criminal history.

Wright's most recent run-in with the law happened about two weeks ago when he jumped out of a second story window at the Columbus County Courthouse. Wright was in court that day for various other charges. When he was held for drug-testing, wright took the plunge.

Monday, Wright was ordered to wear restraints to prevent a similar situation. He wore a taser belt and knee braces under his clothing so potential jurors could not see them.

Monday, Wright was very quiet in the courtroom and let his lawyer Scott Dorman do all the talking.

Although this trial is for five charges, wright currently has 21 pending charges against him.

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Broken System

Now is the time when we come to see just how broken our system is. This young man will have his lawyer argue for bail while he is awaiting trial on various other charges and our court system will undoubtly grant him some kind of bail arrangement. Now I am of the opinion that if this young man violated his probation, ran from the law in an effort not to be captured, took a two story plunge "FROM THE COURT HOUSE" while awaiting a drug test and failed to show up on various other court dates, he is not likely to get out on bail and then come to court on his own. That having been said, I would consider him a flight risk and insure his apperance in court by keeping him in custody until such time as all charges against him have been tried or otherwise disposed of. The only other alternative would be to find him guilty of being a habitual felon and sentence him to life in prison and allow the guards to shoot him when he tries to escape from Raleigh's Centraal Prison. Maybe once he is shot in an escape attempt, if the shots are fatal, maybe, just maybe he will stop trying so hard to escape.


The truly sad thing is, yours and my tax dollars paid for EMS to pick him up and transport him and for his medical bills at the hospital as well. You know he will never pay them.

He does not need another "Get Out Of Jail Free Card", as we all know he has to be hunted down for 99% of his trials and other court proceedings. That ultimately ends up costing the taxpayer money too.

I don't know about the rest of you, but I am tired of paying for these punks!

Don't give up

Try to fly again. You might be able to do it now that you had practice.

Why wasnt he charged with attempted escape??

Plus an automatic charge of criminal contempt of court. I hope this idiot is being held without bond because he cant be trusted obviously and his incident last week was all but an admission of guilt that he had violated the bond restrictions. Throw his rear in jail and keep him there if for no other reason then to protect him from himself and his stupid behavior.