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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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