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Brunswick County ADA loses case; never subpoenas police officers

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Bolivia, NC (WWAY) -- The case file includes three subpoenas issued from district attorney Rex Gore's office to three police officers at the Ocean Isle Police Department.

Smilowski lives on Oak Island and was arrested by Oak Island Police, which documents clearly show.

According to Oak Island Police Chief Van Eddinger, the subpoena's were never served and Holden never issued correct subpoenas.

Eddinger says Holden did call the three officers, at the last minute, to take the stand, but never did brief them on the case, which was more than a year old.

Eddinger also says Holden called his department requesting an officer drive the victim to court.
The problem with that is the victim lived outside the Oak Island town limits.
Eddinger refused.

On the first morning of the trial, Eddinger says Holden called the department again, this time asking them to copy off pictures of the victim's injuries onto a DVD. Eddinger says the time of the call was made 90 minutes before court was scheduled to begin.

On top of all the last minute scrambling, the jury wasn't impressed with Holden's arguments.

"The prosecution never proved the case," said a juror, who asked to remain anonymous. "There was no way they were going to get anything but a not guilty charge on it."

"That part of it was, seemed to be not well done," he said. "The decision was made more on the defining the law, the defined law of assault by strangulation. I felt that he did it, but still, by the definition of the law, we couldn't convict him."

After just more than two hours of deliberations, the jury reached a verdict -- not guilty.

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This is not Erin's fault it is Rex Gore's Fault or the other ADA's in His office for not properly training her or looking out for her. she is taking the fall for Rex Gore.

She must have....

She must have gone to the Sponge Bob Square Pants School of Law. This woman is STUPID!!!

ADA in Brunswick

Unless you were in the court room, you do not know everything that went on. The jurys told the ADA, Judge and Mr. Bonner Stiller that the case should nerve have come to court. That there was no case against Mr. Smilowski. I agree the ADA had some problems but i think this channel has a problem with someone else and not just Ms. Holden

Is this the same ADA

Who was in court the morning the former fire chief in Oak Island got his case dismissed by the circuit court judge because this sounds like the same incompetent crap that happened with that.. Sounds like she needs to find a different field of practice because obviously criminal law isnt her forte and she dare not go into criminal defense she'd be censured for incompetent defense.

Does anyone

know which law school she attended?

I would imagine with Rex leaving office, she must be putting resumes out.

Interested? Looking to add a new ADA to Surf City?

She may just have what you need to solve the problems there as well. She could be the "Island hopping ADA".

Not Likely

just as we do not have issues with drivers who huff and puff or drink & drive, we have good representation in place in Pender County.

Plus there's always the big oak tree in Hampstead.

Wake Forest 2007 With

Wake Forest 2007
With somebody, that new, you always wonder if she is getting enough supervsion or is she too arrogant to take it?

with a last name like holden

with a last name like holden in brunswick county... she's gonna be the next DA! inbreads...