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.