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BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — Rex Gore, the former District Attorney in Bladen, Brunswick and Columbus counties, will head to trial this summer for allegedly signing off on false expense reports for an assistant district attorney while in office.

Gore was scheduled to appear at the Brunswick County Courthouse Monday, but was a no-show. His attorney James Payne and Assistant District Attorney Chris Thomas spoke briefly with a judge before asking to set an August 19 date for the trial to begin.

There was also a request from the District Attorney’s Office that a judge from outside of Brunswick County be called in to handle the case because of Gore’s ties to the area after more than 20 years as District Attorney.

It was announced in court that Gore and former Assistant District Attorney Elaine Kelley will not be tried together in the case.

Kelley was also scheduled to appear in court Monday, but the judge granted her a continuance due to a scheduling conflict with her attorney.

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