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Testimony begins in Chadbourn Town Manager's trial

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WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) -- More than a year after he was charged with impersonating a police officer, Chadbourn's town manager went on trial today. The charge stems from a traffic stop in March 2011.

Cameras were not allowed in the courtroom as testimony began wednesday in the officer impersonation trial of Chadbourn Town Manager Stevie Cox, with both sides trading verbal jabs in front of jurors.

In cross examination defense attorney Mark Willis quickly went to work on Tpr. Ronnie Walker and his errors in basic police protocol, such as not asking where Cox had been and was going, letting him keep the badge and drive away while his license was suspended.

At points Walker appeared flustered by Willis's questions and admitted on record that his judgement may have been clouded by his anger, and that in calls to superiors facts may have become distorted when he put things in his own words.

Tpr. Walker also admitted that he did not write an initial impersonation of an officer ticket due to the fact that he did not want any bad blood between the Highway Patrol and the Town of Chadbourn.

The Cox trial continues Thursday at the Columbus County Courthouse with the defense expected to call many character witnesses to speak on Cox's behalf.

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We elect judges, district

We elect judges, district attorneys and sheriffs. Each of these offices require a candidate to have credentials in law or law enforcement in order to be eligible to run.

A great deal of authority is placed in the hands of a town (or city, or county) manager. The voting, taxpaying public should have a say in who holds these jobs.

By NCGS you do not need any

By NCGS you do not need any type of credentials to be a elected Sheriff. Furthermore a elected Sheriff can walk up to anyone and make them a Deputy for 364 day, but by midnight on the 364 day the Sheriff has to "fire" that deputy and rehire them the next day and start all over again. This person also does not have to have any type of credentials to work as a Deputy Sheriff.

Ture

A person has 1 year after being sworn as a deputy to obtain BLET certification to have continuous employment.

no crime occurred

The guy has 3 witnesses who said he didn't do it. Case closed, stop wasting tax money.
Yes. The town manager has the authority to fire the police chief, hence why Jon David creates crimes so he has his pick of town managers to control the police department and duplicate what he did to Leland.

The 3 witnesses are his

The 3 witnesses are his friends and they all stick together! Your right the town manager can fire the police chief... I don't understand your point here but anyway Mr. David didn't create a crime Cox did!

I always wondered why the

I always wondered why the public doesn't vote on who our town manager should be! And I thought the only person that could drive a police car was a police officer. Why would they let him drive the car anyway? I would think the town of Chabourn's police would need it for police work around the town. Not for it to be gone to Raleigh all day. Makes no sense to me.

Even Brian Berger hasn't

Even Brian Berger hasn't tried to say he's someone else. And the defense excuses in court. When someone swears to tell the truth in court, it is a waste of time.

Stevie Cox is as shady as

Stevie Cox is as shady as they come! Cox and the Mayor of chadbourn think they are above the law. As for the officer he SHOULD have put him in the police car and hauled his butt to the jailhouse! With that said Cox still needs to be taught he has to follow the same laws we all do or pay the price!

cut out Jon David's budget, the courts are for real crimes

I am tired of Jon David having an unlimited court budget to waste paid state employees hours to try cases like this. It should have been dismissed as a misunderstanding. That idiot is the foulest use of my tax money ever.

Somebody's sounds upset!!

You must be a friend to the good 'ol boys of Columbus County! None of you "IDIOT'S" like Mr. David for coming in any trying to uphold the law in Columbus County. It worries the heck out of you people that things are changing for the better and I'm glad we have him around to stand up to people like you and your friend Cox.

Waste of Money??

I, fully, support Mr. David in his endeavor to hold accountable an elected official who attempted to thwart the law and misrepresent himself and his authority. You misrepresent Mr David's actions as a, "waste of State employes' hours to try cases like this" when, in fact, this is exactly what those State employes are paid to do and they do it well.

Wilmington Observer

I agree!! Mr. David needs to

I agree!! Mr. David needs to look into how these state employee's do things and call them out when they break the law! Maybe we can get some new state employee's that have good morals and know how to follow the law like we all have to do!!

Disgusting abuse of power...

Amazing that people with no humility hold public office. This Cox and his lawyer are now skewering the actions of the Trooper as if its his fault this power tripper Cox presented a badge and impersonated a police officer. Cox is the Kwame Kilpatrick of Chadbourn. This guy will get off and go right back to his office of Town Manager without any shame on his part.