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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Rex Gore was the criminal prosecutor for three counties for 20 years. Now, he finds himself facing criminal charges. One man says Gore’s questionable actions started years before this latest development.

“I hope they put him in jail and he should be there a long time for what he has done,” Loy Buff said.

Buff’s daughter, Davina Buff Jones, died under mysterious circumstances on Bald Head Island in 1999. Gore called it a suicide.

Now, almost two years after ending his 20-year reign as the top prosecutor in three counties, Gore appeared before a magistrate Tuesday. He turned himself in a day after a Grand Jury indicted him for felonious conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense.

“We are disappointed that an administrative decision that he made back in 2005 has resulted in criminal charges today 7 years later, but we do look forward to a jury making a decision and having an opportunity to be heard in front of a jury,” Gore’s attorney James Payne said.

Gore is accused of allowing Assistant District Attorney Elaine Kelley to submit false expense reports. Buff says this doesn’t surprise him. He has been fighting for more than a decade to get his daughter’s death ruled a murder instead of a suicide.

“He’s corrupt about everything, because four times I proved in court that my daughter did not commit suicide,” Buff said.

At the time of her death Jones was a police officer on Bald Head Island. In May 2011, current District Attorney Jon David reopened the investigation, seeking a definitive answer to the cause of Jones’s death.

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  • Former BHI resident

    THREE statements made by a BRAVE public servant should be noted and highly commended:

    1. “As far as waiting 7 days for Rex Gore to rule her death a suicide that was when it was made public. After a sleepless day on that Sat I was told by several of the officers that were on the island that it was a suicide.”

    2. “I don’t like to point fingers but the powers in control at that time should be ashamed of themselves for how the scene was handled.”

    3. “They all knew you needed to complete your work by Friday evening and you got off the island as early as possible not to interfere with the residents or visitors.” (This is 100% accurate as can be verified by BHI Town Hall – NO CONTRACTOR ACTIVITY IS ALLOWED ON WEEKENDS)

    I will say Terri represents the “role model” of BRAVERY, INTEGRITY, TRUTH, and simply put “DOING THE RIGHT THING”

    Thank you Terri!

  • Beverly

    Terri,
    Thank you for your willingess to tell your side of this. You are exactly right about my family simply wanting to expose the injustice done to Davina. A line of duty death is a difficult and tragic occurence any time it happens. . .but this. . . the way they treated her – and us – well, there just are no real words to explain it. I regret that you endure sleepless nights over this experience. On behalf of my parents and my sister Tanya and of course, our sweet Davina, thank you for speaking out. We are so very appreciative! God Bless you.

  • Terri

    I am the former 911 dispatcher that was working the law channel the night Davina was murdered. Up till now I have kept my name out of the news because it was hard enough to hear my voice over and over again calling for Davina everytime the 911 tape was played. Except for the killers I was one of the last people to hear Davina’s voice and I still hear it. If I had not been listening closely to that radio that night it may have been a lot longer before she was found. When she checked out with 3 people and told me to stand by she was on Channel 1 the main channel, but when she started saying there was no need for a gun on BHI, put the gun down she was most definatley on Channel 2 the backup channel. Only a few people in the county heard her,I was one,her partner on the island was 2 and because of the proximity the Holden Beach officer on duty heard her transmission. I believe the squelch heard at the end of her transmission was both channel 1 and 2 being keyed up at the same time which would have happened if someone had grabbed her mike while she was close enough to one of the radios. As far as waiting 7 days for Rex Gore to rule her death a suicide that was when it was made public. After a sleepless day on that Sat I was told by several of the officers that were on the island that it was a suicide. On the night of her visitation when they were treating her death as an officer killed while on duty, they were already convinced it was a suicide and case closed as far as most of them were concerned. I’ve always disagreed with that finding. I didn’t know Davina personally but I find it hard to believe she would have committed suicide in that manner knowing her partner would be the one to find her and I would be the one to hear her voice in my nightmares. I’ve heard both sides and I have to say there are way more questions than answers. I don’t like to point fingers but the powers in control at that time should be ashamed of themselves for how the scene was handled. Anyone with any sense of crime scene investigation knows you don’t move a body before processing the scene,you don’t bow down to any pressure from citizens,fire chiefs,mayors or anyone else until the scene is processed completely. Another thing,I have had family members that have worked as contractors on BHI and they all knew you needed to complete your work by Friday evening and you got off the island as early as possible not to interfer with the residents or visitors. Did no one think it strange that 3 workers rode the ferry over on Friday evening to work and then leave on Sat, what work were they doing? The case itself is not closed and there is an ongoing
    investigation. Do I think it will ever be solved? Not unless someone comes forward and admits to it. IF nothing else Rex Gore,and the others involved should at least be men enough to admit that mistakes,grievous mistakes were made. I know none of this has anything to do with the charges Rex Gore is facing now but the Buff family is just asking the question “If he did this to help a friend and employee, what else has he done?”

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