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Charges dismissed against pilot involved in crash

Posted July 5, 2012

Theft charges against a pilot involved in a deadly helicopter crash that killed a Franklin County deputy in 2004 have been dismissed.

The state dropped its case against Ben Barrick, who had been in jail in Bladen County for stealing a helicopter, because there was insufficient evidence to show the chopper was ever in the state. Barrick said Thursday he plans to sue the county for putting him in jail illegally.

Barrick was piloting a helicopter went it crashed, killing Deputy Ted Horton. An investigation showed he misled Franklin county about his experience.

Barrick was also charged with stalking a deputy's wife, but all of those charges were dropped.

Since that time, Barrick has been accused of hiring a hit-man to kill his ex-girlfriend's former boyfriend in Tennessee.
 

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  • flynlow Jul 6, 2012

    This guy has gotten away with too much. Misrepresentation, killing a deputy, stalking, selling helicopters in Texas that were not his, hiring a hit man, now this...WOW. I would be in jail for a parking ticket.

  • SmokeWagon Jul 6, 2012

    Seems like if this guy would spend 50% the effort to do the right thing as he does doing the wrong stuff he would be WAY ahead....!!!

  • houseonsister Jul 6, 2012

    "The crash occurred a half mile west of Louisburg in the vicinity of West River Road and May Road." (WRAL May 14th, 2004)
    "The state dropped its case against Ben Barrick, who had been in jail in Bladen County for stealing a helicopter, because there was insufficient evidence to show the chopper was ever in the state." Welcome to North Carolina Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Nowhere else.

  • A J Jul 6, 2012

    The crash was in 2004, LET IT GO WRAL!!!!!!!

  • 426X3 Jul 6, 2012

    If I were Barrick, I would leave well enough alone and get the heck out of dodge.

  • jamesvasilko Jul 6, 2012

    It sounds like this dude has some MAJOR issues.

  • redant Jul 6, 2012

    Do a search for Ben T Barrick. It will give you a better idea of what's going on here.

  • jmf1073 5.0 Jul 6, 2012

    I'm so happy for him.

  • makeitright Jul 6, 2012

    This whole thing doesn't make sense the way it's presented here

  • busyb97 Jul 6, 2012

    Sounds like he should "git while the gittin's good!".

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