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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Brunswick County Grand Jury has indicted former District Attorney Rex Gore for allegedly signing off on false expense reports for an assistant district attorney while in office.

According to the indictment, Gore, who served Brunswick, Columbus and Bladen Counties signed off on ADA Elaine Kelley’s expense reports claiming gas money in excess of $14,000 that was not eligible for reimbursement. Gore allegedly told Kelley to claim travel that never took place.

Gore is charged with felonious conspiracy to obtain property by false pretenses.

The Grand Jury also indicted Kelley for obtaining property by false pretense and felonious conspiracy to obtain property by false pretenses. According to court documents, Kelley filed reports falsely claiming she drove from Elizabethtown to Bolivia at least once a week for five years for work.

Kelley has not yet returned a phone message seeking comment.

In a statement, Gore said: “In the spring of 2005 I hired Elaine Kelly to supervise prosecutions in the Bladen County unit of the District Attorney’s office. Because she was going to be commuting 500-plus miles per week, I included a travel component in her compensation package. It was a choice that I felt I could make because of the broad discretion the elected District Attorney has in handling compensation issues. I had several options available. In the end, I chose a travel mileage plan that limited her to 125 miles for commuting. I have no reason to doubt that each week she claimed that mileage; she consistently traveled at least that many miles. Shortly after I left office at the end of 2010, my authority to approve that compensation package came into question. Eighteen months later my decision has resulted in this charge. I had no intent to overstep my authority.

“While I am disappointed and disagree with the decision to prosecute, I am a strong believer that our jury system is designed in such a way that we ultimately reach right decisions. I am anxious to get this controversy resolved.

“Even though we have entered this current phase, I still take comfort in three things: I received no monetary benefit from my choice; Ms. Kelly received no more money than she would have had I chosen a different compensation package method; and Bladen County had one of the most aggressive, effective prosecutors in the state when she was there.

“I hope that this issue over one of my administrative decisions does not cast a shadow over the great work that prosecutors and staff in the office of the District Attorney have done over the years and continue to do now.”

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  • You have given me a few things to think about. I agree that the wound photo should have told anyone that this was a murder, execution style. Gore never did seem to comprehend that.

    According to you, the men on the police force (at the time her troubles began, she was the only female on the force) were afraid and under great stress that this woman’s mouth was going to get them all killed by drug dealers. How would you know this? Also, should their great fear excuse their behavior and some of members of the fire department for beginning the false gossip about her and one of emt’s, which later progressed to her filing a law suit? I know she tried to do her job and many of the rich and famous didn’t like getting tickets, even though they were breaking the law. They were always leaning on the powers that be to make her void their tickets.

    Since the county and the island have heavy Mexican international drug trafficking, and no one doubts that, I wonder why the former sheriff or the current one, the SBI, and the FBI have let it continue? Maybe because some of the deputies from a while back could tell about setting up a temporary air strip in Green Swamp for a drug plane to land. Or something similar. But in this time of national security concerns, I would think the traffic on and between Bald Head and Southport ought to be watched constantly. Where is Home Security?

    It is strange that you think sweet Davina did not know those she confronted. I have heard many of her friends say her voice sounds cautious, but not afraid. As a matter of fact, the DA’s office made a big deal out of saying she sounded so calm because she was alone and going to kill herself right after she said those words.

    I am glad that you have solved her murder so simply: however, I know some locals were over there as well and up to no good.

    And I find it unconscionable that you advise the family to go to counseling to accept that the international, ya-da, ya-da killed her. I think you meant to say, go to a hypnotist.

    I also find it interesting that you think the current DA cannot solve the case, is no closer than he was, etc. First of all, how would you know? Do you stay in touch with workers at the DA’s office who still support their former boss? Do you also play golf on Fridays?

    As far as yellow-bellies are concerned, you are saying that the former DA knew in the early hours of that Saturday morning that three Mexicans killed this officer. And they can never be found. Then he should be held accountable for not doing his job. Also, how did he know they were guilty? The people of the county and others across the nation would like to know. As for where to find them, all I will say is they were found later. And it certainly wasn’t too hard for the interim BHI police chief to find them. But he didn’t do it through Gore or BHI officials.

  • Guest Morehead City

    Officer Davina was Executed, very certain according to that wound photo.
    Rex Gore lying about suicide probably means he knew the level of
    violence that could then happen to his own family.Yellow-belly yes.
    The behavior you describe –her being harassed
    by co-worker officers is not uncommon when other officers are
    very stressed, about your daughter possibly
    uncovering payoffs from drug cartels, or other officers
    also worried about being shot in that heavy mexican international
    drug trafficking waterway and highway area of Brunswick County. This is not the first case of internationals attempting or actually murdering officers or prosecutors, read all the numbers of those who have been killed since the war on drugs started. Another very similar case happened that came wihin an inch of turning out the same way. The officers who stumbled on the Noriega drug smuggling
    boat in the early 80’s were faced with being outnumbered
    when they boarded the vessel.So, they left the scene
    before returning with backup agents to make the seizure and arrest.
    News articles and books were written about this event but
    you should call and speak personally to the agents that were boarding the boat to see how similar this is with the likely people your daughter stumbled upon that fateful night. http://www.newbernsj.com/news/bern-40741-dictator-new.html The coast guard and agents knew they would be likely shot by confronting the situation and being outnumbered.Officer Davina
    was Executed, its clear: executed by people she did not recognize or know, by the sound of her voice on the audio
    being confronted with a gun by 3 people.It may never ever be solved with the shooters being international
    drug smugglers. Try weekly counselling to try to resolve in your mind that this is what happened.
    Nothing anyone and especially any politician can change by political exploitation of her or your family any further. Stand up for her memory and clear her name, yes. But don’t fall victim a second time to a person who is only seeking headlines and is no closer to naming the shooter than the people in charge were back when it happened.If you were in those shoes and knew the next day the 3 internationals with false id’s did it, how would you go about finding them?

  • Read the book Out With Three. It tells it all.

  • You do see the Good Ol’ Boy System at work – keeping Gore out of trouble by selecting a pitiful little argument to bring charges about instead of really going after him. This is a state investigation, handled by the Attorney General, a Democrat, who has been sitting on the supposed investigation of Gore for several years now. This is not Jon David against Rex Gore. You have your own little power players still protecting their own, just like they did Ron Hewett.

    BTW, if he is SO innocent and surprised, why does he have two high-powered attorneys covering his behind?

  • ifyouplease?

    OMG how selective the reading and statement of facts are in this blog from the Hewett/Gore deciples. One states how Gore did nothing wrong and goes on to say, paying mileage is fine. Well heck yes it is if, you drive the miles BUT only if you do so. You don’t get to sit on your butt in your cushy office and get mileage but, Rex Gore paid it and he paid it on the dime of us taxpayers. You Hewett backers know what a crumb Gore is. He stood hand in hand with Ronald while abusing the system and breaking the law but he was no where to be found when Ronald rightly was sent off to jail! Except for throwing Ronald under the bus! Now the hens have come home to roost and Gore is going to get his day in court at long last. And by the way you whiners that still can’t get over Ronnie being jailed and now Rex being charged, get over it. There is a new DA in the county and your small little group posting in here comes no where close to being a number that can change that. Thank you Mr. David for enforcing the law. Lastly, Thank you for taking up the old and ignored case of officer Jones on BHI. With all that was destroyed in evidence and all that was covered up with the OK of the past Good Ole Boys, you may never be able to get to the bottom and to the truth but God Bless you for tying. I hope His power will help you uncover the crime and corruption where due punishment may be handed out and real closure and peace can come to the Jones family.

  • Not so blind eye

    The David boys are fine examples of how to manage local, state and federal money. If the public only knew!!! Their day, both of them, is coming. I am pleased to see the post regarding the David’s game playing come election time. Unfortunately I am not certain local law enforcement sees this. Funny how they were eager to charge the officer in Payton Strickland’s death… a non election year. Come the next campaign period, they were ready to regain the law enforcement communities trust by charging the drug dealers with a cop’s death. Wake up people of Brunswick, Bladen, Columbus, Pender and New Hanover counties.

  • Guest000000

    This is nothing but political retribution. A serious waste of taxpayer money. I read the article expecting to learn of some crime. The Asst DA was paid mileage, just like everyone of you would expect to be paid if you were travelling for your job. And the Good Ol’ Boy System dead? Sounds like it’s alive and better than ever, and we can include some Good Ol’ Girls in the system now.

  • After contemplation over the last few hours, I realize that any celebration on the indictment of the former DA here was premature. I now believe that this was all set in motion from the judge who claimed to have received information that had to be investigated, to the two ‘outstanding’ lawyers defending the former DA, this is a show designed to bring as small a charge as possible, follow a sham of court, and let this former DA off without having to bring charges concerning any of the terrible deeds this man and his cronies have done. It is the pattern they used with the former sheriff. It is over an amount of money and has nothing to do with the atrocities committed in the name of the law over the years.

    For all the victims and families I know all across this country, I have some idea of the frustration you face, knowing that Lady Justice has not shown her face to you. She wears that blindfold because she does not want to see what the courts and this country have become.

    I can only assure you that when the event happened in your life, it is the same with my sister. She did not die alone that night. Somebody saw everyone involved: the ones who left on foot, in boats, and in golf carts. They saw all those land owners who were too concerned about their property values they demanded a verdict of suicide. They saw all of those who fashioned this execution and cover-up. They have the power to burn these guilty parties no matter how much power and money they have. And it will happen. Nobody gets out of here alive. Then the smoothest, highest priced lawyer will do them no good.

  • QTPI

    Say it ain’t so Joe……………..mama always said “ugly is as ugly does and one day ugly is gonna jump all over that boy”

  • Guest202

    Sorry to hear about your sister. What happened?

  • Guest Redneck Across the River

    Hopefully, they will dig deep enough to find out why Devina Buff-Jones’s murder was covered up……..my opinion. The good ‘ol boys are dropping like flies. Maybe a new era has opened up for Bruswick County, NC.

  • Keep digging – this is only the tip of a big, ugly iceberg.

  • Guest2020

    The only mention of Judge Lewis on this page has come from you.

  • Read Out With Three concerning my sister and then tell me how wonderful Gore is. From our dealings with him, humble and loyal are the last words I would use to describe him. Apparently he was different when acting within his ‘office.’ Many, many people in this district know what he really is, so save your words. What goes on in the dark, comes to the light.

  • BC Citizen

    Rex Gore is a wonderful man who has worked tirelessly to uphold the law. My family has had the pleasure of knowing this man for over 30 years. He has always been a humble and loyal man. I hope that this is a misunderstanding that will be cleared quickly and ask that you remain respectful until the WHOLE truth has come out…not just media hype. Take care Gore family! We will be praying for you all.

    Btw- Why is Ola Lewis tied to everything? Seems like she is always against the DA’s. Case in point…DA David and the Safe Driving School that repeat offenders were being ordered to take. Pretty sure he won that one ;)

  • 333sam

    If he is so wonderful why is his family not on here, like they are on his side?? I will tell you, they don’t like him either!!

  • justiceseeker

    I respect that everyone has their opinion, but I certainly don’t have to agree with your opinion. Rex Gore for years jumped through hoops for a former NC state senator. What the senator wanted, he got. How then can you tell me Rex Gore is such a wonderful man? Go to the courthouse in Columbus County and look up the court records of one notorious, young felon who by the way is back court this week, and look at the multiple charges that were dismissed against him. Witnesses not showing up to testify in case after case would be proof to a wise and prudent person that something underhanded was going on.

    As for Jon David, he’s a disappointment too. I thought we had a good DA now but boy was I fooled.

  • tony 1

    I hope they put you in the same prison cell you put A good man in Ron Hewett .And I hope you rot there . What comes around goes around .

  • Grand Ole Party

    What rock have you been hiding under? Ron “Hollywood” Hewitt is very very far from a good man. He is a convicted felon, try to keep in mind he plead GUILTY. Stop being a sheep.

  • luculu

    What goes around comes around I would say. Finally!!!!!!

  • Guest3254

    really? what has been your experience with mr gore?

  • Faith

    Praying for deliverance from the unspeakable evil of the bin david laden jihad that has infected our local counties with constant turmoil of apocolyptic destruction of families, turning lifelong neighbors one against another confusing our minds and beliefs about our fellow mankind we have known in our hearts all our lives! Amen

  • Thanks Red: I am beginning to fear we may never get the help we need. People are too quick to say bad things about Jon David and he is the only help we have. As many things as has been done through the old DA’s office, Jon can’t hold a candle to what dirty deeds were done. Good old boy supporters of the old DA way of doing things need to shut up and go away. My sister was murdered and then her name was smeared by those in office and/or people with money and power in this county. THAT IS the truth.

  • Guest757

    The house of cards have begun to crumble… I hope the Jones family finally gets the truth regarding Devina’s death..

    maybe they will get rc soles before he dies…

    hte good ole boys are crumbling…

  • Roger R

    Wonderful you say? Tell that to the family of a poor little girl who was repeatedly raped by her father. Rex kept the criminal issue out of the court so that the father could use custody to threaten the mom. There are many in Columbus County who will tell you about Rex’s many years of selective prosecution and how only a few had access to the justice system. If you were part of Rex’s political support team or a friend of someone’s family you got a shot at the Just-Us program, Gore style. The only problem I see here is that a few more of Rex’s pals aren’t yet charged. But I hear it may be coming. The retired judge should be next and if Mr. David will dig a little deeper he will most likely find more on Rex. Justice served.

  • Guest98765

    Are the new boys so good! Looks like the new era covers up the crime of his own investigator AND his neighbor. If a cop wants to get accused of crimes and admit to driving drunk and keep his job go work for Jon David.

  • Guest history

    The same families who have controlled and ran both city and county police departments and district attorney’s offices in New Hanover and Pender County have been in charge since the court was formed in the 60’s and even before that. They are connected to the most powerful generations of senators and judges in the entire state for a century. Their family owns large property tracts in Brunswick County and they do plan to take over there too.

  • Here

    Maybe there will be some justice now. If you are from Brunswick County, “in” with the right family and people, you literally can get away with any crime, if the Feds or SBI are not involved. I’ve seen one person get 2 DWI’s in 6 weeks, wreck their vehicle in both instances, and walk out of court, start their vehicle, and drive home. Just last year. Anywhere else this would not be tolerated. Same thing happened in Columbus this year. Habitual drunk diver (my neighbor who’s driving career will eventually end in tragedy) walked out of court, drove home, and bragged for 2 weeks about it. Don’t think so? Read the Court section of the Brunswick Beacon. Regulary. Then vote, or things will never change here.

  • nojustice

    It’s amazing how people in Brunsick County came get multiple DWI’s and get in no trouble.They go around bragging how they have connections at Bolivia and can get out of them.There is a person in County that just got 2 DWI’s within less than 30 days. 1st DWI license was taken for 30 days before 30 days was up they got a 2nd DWI while driving on a revoke license.Within that 30 days they filed a claim that their vehicle had been stolen and wrecked. Yeah right they were drunk again and wrecked it and run and repoted stolen so they wouldn’t get 3rd DWI. While being charged with 2 DWI’s and driving on revoked license and charged with open container and 2- 30 days of civil revacation.Since then they have already been called and warned of a road block so they wouldn’t get another DWI.After that they got stopped again and charged with open container.Now they are going around bragging how they have connections at Bolivia and will be able to get out of all of this.Sounds like there are still somemore of the good ole boys at Bolivia that are still doing favors.If this person gets out of all of this I think the judge that let them walk and anyone who helped them get out of this should be fired and exsposed like the rest that are doing all theses favors at Bolivia.If they do get out of this and someone gets killed over doing this Drunk A favor everyone involved in helping this person get out of all this should all be charged and go to prison.Is this what the tax payers are paying these judges and DA’s to do is give these people these kind of favors.I sure hope not.Better look out because this person was able to collect insurance money from reporting vehicle being stolen and is getting it fixed so anybody could be next victim this person runs into drunk and kills.If this is how the court system works in Brunswick well they just as well shut down the court house and get rid of all those corrupt workers up there and maybe we could save some on our taxes by not having to give this bunch a pay check anymore.So quit doing all these favors for these people getting DWI’s. If you want to do a favor help the Ms.Divina Jones family with these favors you’ll are handing out up there in Bolivia.

  • Guest25455

    Glad to see the District Attorney’s office isn’t above the law.

    Hopefully, DA Jon David will answer to his part in the Leland PD corruption ring.

    Public officials are to serve us, not use public officials as their own servants!!!

    Sorry Jon, you have to pay to play!!! Hope it was worth it.

    P.S. Where’s your buddy Tim Jayne???

  • Guest28451

    But sadly it appears that Jon David isnt above being questionable in his actions either. His total lack of action for fear of offending his drinking buddy Tim Jayne and the Leland PD was inexcusible, so in essence we traded one corrupt DA for another it appears sadly. As Ive said before I voted for Jon hoping he had the backbone to do what was right like his brother Ben sadly. Jon is a shadow of his brother it appears and will not be getting my support next time around.

  • TrueBlue

    What a disingenuous method to prevent any possible opponent from filing to run against you in the next election!Good one! 1-800-CALL-FBI.

  • Cleary

    Jon David and Ben David should bring charges, if legitimate, at other times outside of election months. It’s clear after 10 years of them in charge, they only bring these indictments to raise public doubts, and for political advantage for themselves and candidates they are supporting in each cycle, specifically during the months that citizens are choosing who they vote for in their district. We may be a small town but we see right through your big city politics!

  • Guesti

    Thats backwards. Jon didn’t ignore Tim Jayne. Jon is the leader of the police officers, HE is the ultimate leader and he is the one to give all legal advice, directions, instructions to the police officers and their supervisors. He is the Top Cop. It’s Jon David. No police officer does anything without first being instructed by the DISTRICT ATTORNEY. Insubordination discipline and firing would occur if any officer disobeyed their supervisor. Jon David instructs every supervisor in every police department in his district.

  • Justiceseeker

    You have misunderstood my comment. I do not and never will support former DA Rex Gore. He shamelessly used his office to support the “machine”. I have personal knowledge of him looking the other way whenever certain clients of a lawyer in Columbus County committed crimes. Only when the public started heavily voicing their opinions was Gore FORCED to prosecute these cases fairly. I lived through and witnessed all of this to answer your question of where I was. I am so sorry what happened on Oak Island. From what I’ve read and heard that was definitely a coverup as well.

    I supported Jon David this time, but honestly I will not if he runs again because he is not keeping promises he made while campaigning. He said in his speech in Columbus County after he was elected that he didn’t need Columbus or Bladen County voters. Let’s see if that is the case should he run again. Brunswick County citizens need to wake up and smell the coffee. Just because he’s a Republican and has close ties to Brunswick County is not a reason to just elect him. Keep up with his track record and then vote wisely.

  • I understand; I, too, am waiting to see what happens during the rest of this da’s term. I do realize that he has been bombarded by those out of power even before he took office. Unfortunately, I know of no Democrat who would be honest in the office. While I say that, I will add that my family is still waiting after a year and a half to learn the progress of the re-investigation of Davina’s death. It will not be enough to just change her cause of death from suicide to anything else: we want those responsible to be held accountable. We believe that those who covered it up are even more guilty than those who actually pulled the trigger. Unfortunately, the reason the good old ‘out of power’ boys have been giving the da such a hard time, they know how many and who will fall should her case ever make it to court. Those at the top of the pecking order still have much power and are using it to stonewall and keep his attention elsewhere. That’s why we prefer to see some support for David. Many families of victims, not just us, and not just from this county, are banking on David to re-investigate many deals and misapplied justice. Even after lengthy and in-depth investigations by local, state, and federal agencies, Rex Gore kept claiming he didn’t see anything to change his mind. So all of these proven facts could be ignored because Gore CHOSE to do so. For what reasons, I won’t say, but most of us all know. Money from above trickles down, too. BTW, my sister was killed on Bald Head Island, not Oak Island.

  • Watching, I agree with your first paragraph – though the answering for what has been done can’t come soon enough. As for Jon David being a one-term DA, isn’t that the whole reason you responded? He is so much better than what we had, it is short-sighted and from the Democratic party to be yelping about one term. Where were you while Gore and his cronies were crushing people for years? Further, if someone has been waiting for trial for 5 years, your question should be addressed to Gore not David. And one more thing, there is no honor associated with Ronald Hewett.

  • watching

    Everyone knew this day would come. Rex Gore had a lot of people fooled. I can remember how he covered certain people’s butts in Columbus County during the reign of terror. Look who was in court today. If all of this had been stopped by the FBI back then, so much money would have been saved. Mr. Gore is going to get what’s coming to him. Former governor Mike Easley slipped by and Gore had his back during that time period. These corrupt officials are going to answer one day for what they have done.

    I certainly agree that Jon David needs to be a one term DA. He is nothing like his brother Ben. Jon is such a disappointment. I wonder why in the world he hasn’t kept his promise of having his ADAs living in the county they represent. I don’t agree with the way the driving school incident went down with Judge Jolly but I don’t believe DA David should misuse his office to help anyone. I know of one case that’s been awaiting trial for 5 years and due process is being denied the accused. Tell me where this is right. Jon David makes some lame excuse and he thinks everything is okay. The ballot box is going to be the equalizer in his case. You don’t ask for people’s vote, get elected and then ignore the voters. Pay day is coming for Gore and David. Ron Hewett was crucified but he took his walk of shame with honor. Ron Hewett is a credit to these to Gore and David.

  • Grand Ole Party

    Ronnie boy earned his jail time. How in the name of all that is unholy do you figure he took his walk of shame with honor? He cried the whole time. Then after finally getting out he claimed he was threatened and had to plead guilty. He was no better than Gore. A dirty bottom feeder. Oh how the mighty have fallen. Enjoy your time at the bottom boys.

  • o1o1o1o1o1o

    No “credit” anywhere here. Who wrote that previous comment ? Ron?

  • Kblue2221984

    Your so dumb you make my elbow itch! Say’s who!? Say’s Kblue!!!

  • 333sam

    ha ha… how long have you lived in this area?? 3 years?? you don’t know squat about ronald hewett, his family or co workers! or what all that was about.. think before you make a comment!!

  • justiceseeker

    I don’t agree with you about Ron Hewett. I will always believe Mr. Hewett was set up. He was a great leader and I don’t care what anyone says. I’m so proud his son is the Police Chief in Fair Bluff. You need to stop belitting Mr. Hewett. Like I posted earlier he took the walk of shame like a man. Ron Hewett can hold his head high unlike some of these former officer holders who are being exposed now for their dirty deeds. The truth always comes to light.


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