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WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — Jurors in Stevie Cox’s officer impersonation trial went home without reaching a verdict Thursday. Jurors began deliberating in the afternoon after a second day of testimony wrapped up in the case against Chadbourn’s town manager.

Jurors heard from several character witnesses, as well as Cox himself. Cox is accused of impersonating a police officer when he showed a state trooper a badge belonging to Chadbourn’s police chief during a traffic stop in March 2011.

Among the character witnesses were the three people inside of car with Cox when he was pulled over while driving the chief’s car back from a meeting in Raleigh. They all said emphatically that they did not hear Cox say that he was the chief or a police officer.

When Cox took the stand, he reinforced that notion by saying that he gave the trooper his license, the registration for the car and the badge as a way to prove that he was an official town spokesman on official town business.

Cox also matched the testimony of his three passengers by saying that Tpr. Ronnie Walker intimidated them and approached the vehicle as if he was “ill.”

Walker also took the stand today to defend his actions during the stop. He said that he returned the badge because he believed that Cox was the town manager of Chadbourn, although his initial notion was that Cox was trying to tell him that he was the police chief.

The day ended with closing arguments from both sides and the jury heading into deliberations. A verdict is expected some time Friday.

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4 Comments on "Jury deliberations to continue Friday in Stevie Cox trial"

2015 years 10 months ago

I was a juror in this case, and there was no question why the vehicle was stopped. There was no ‘tip-off’ as a previous comment said – the vehicle was stopped because it was traveling 78 mph in a 60 mph zone, and passed (on the right-hand side) a State Highway Patrol officer. There was no reason for Mr. Cox to remove the badge – secured in place on the window post – ABSOLUTELY NO REASON. Mr. Cox said himself that he had removed the badge. The law in this case stated that to impersonate a LEO, the defendant had to make a false representation to a reasonable person of being a LEO by the DISPLAY OF ANY BADGE. I personally do not feel that Mr. Cox is a bad person who meant to do this, but by his split-second bad judgment in removing the badge, he did impersonate a LEO (by the elements of the law); therefore, he was guilty.

2015 years 10 months ago

Good example of the “Good Ole Boy Machine” That Is Still Alive and Well In Columbus County. Where is JON DAVID in this trial??????

2015 years 10 months ago

Basically someone tipped off the Trooper to pull the guy over while he was driving a town vehicle on town business? Jon David is the one who is best known for these tactics and has gotten a lot of cops fired participating in his schemes. Let’s take a look at that Trooper’s phone records.

2015 years 10 months ago

It had nothing to do with the fact he was speeding and was dumb enough to pass the trooper going in the same direction.


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