Berger’s next court date delayed until September


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger will have to wait until next month for his next court hearing.

A spokeswoman for the District Attorney’s said today both side agreed to continue Berger’s case until Sept. 9., but would not say what led to the delay. Berger was scheduled to be back in court Tuesday for a hearing on whether he violated his probation.

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At a hearing in July Berger’s attorney presented a medical examination claiming Berger was mentally incompetent to help in his own defense. DA Ben David asked for a second opinion.

Berger has been in jail since June after being arrested in Watauga County for allegedly violating his probation for a DWI charge in New Hanover County. He was also charged for violating his probation after Beech Mountain Police say they found him in a home surrounded by dozens of weapons.

Berger is being held in jail under $300,000 bond.

Berger’s four-year term on the county commission ends in December. He did not file to seek reelection.