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Longtime Wake County DA won't seek re-election

Posted January 9, 2014

Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby

— Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby, who was first elected to the state's 10th Prosecutorial District in 1986, says he won't seek re-election this year.

Willoughby was first elected the prosecutor of the state's 10th Prosecutorial District in 1986 after being appointed acting district attorney by Gov. Jim Hunt in 1983, according to the Wake County District Attorney's website.

"I made the decision recently," he said Thursday afternoon. "I told the staff this afternoon. I just feel it's the right time to do that."

Willoughby would not elaborate on his future plans.



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  • silverballwiz Jan 10, 2014

    I took a chance at trial and lost. Not becuase of the jury, it was what was hidden from them to make a uninformed decision. This child actually apologized to me that he was sorry. However, it was hidden and no one really cares. It does not affect their life. I can not even get a job because of this. People that really know me know I am innocent and would never do anything like that. However, my lawyer hid the audio taped confession from the jury. It is very sad for all involved.

  • tricianimmo Jan 10, 2014

    You have no idea what you are talking about. You don't have the facts of the case and I do. I know what should have happened and I know why it didn't. I am not a stupid person, and if this would have gone to trial he would have got the max. The ADA screwed this up for the State because she was not prepared to go to trial. She told the victim that she had never had another victim so ready to testify. The victim wanted this to go to trial. She understood what it ment and she said she would rather go to trial and never have to think about this monster again. Her choice....through therapy. Her ability to show him he had no control over her and her peace of mind was taken from her. You can think what ever you want, but JUSTICE was not served in this case and I pray for his next victim.....

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Jan 10, 2014

    You also stand the chance of losing at trial. Then he is out tomorrow! Would you be comfortable with that? Willing to roll the dice with your child's safety?

  • silverballwiz Jan 10, 2014

    I understand that having a web site does not prove anything. I would think that the court documents that I have would. I have posted my story under the Religion and Politics section on sutori.com. Look for the two threads one is called I Can Not Remain Silent Anymore and the other is What Type of Punishment should a accused child molester get. I do not have nothing to hide from anyone and all I want is the truth to finally come out in court.

  • tricianimmo Jan 10, 2014

    When the police tell you over and over again that this was not his first time raping a child because of the way he did it, you really think he won't do it again? You talk about the need to protect the child....what happens in 16.5 years (due to time served) when he gets out? Do you really think she will feel safe and not wonder if he is going to come looking for her? And if by some chance he don't come looking for her, what about his next victim? What if he gets his hands on your daughter or granddaughter? will you still think it is wrong to go through a trial to make sure he never sees the light of day again? Don't speak on things until you have thought them all the way through......judge me know.

  • sinenomine Jan 10, 2014

    Silverball, I have no idea how your case went down but I visited your website this morning and it contains the same conclusory language as your comments here. Having a fancy website doesn't prove anything if all it does is repeat your personal opinions. I'd really like to know what an objective observer would have to say about your case. Is there anything of that sort to which you could provide a link?

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Jan 10, 2014

    "So does this mean that ADAs like Melony Shakita will have to do their jobs and take cases to trial instead of taking a plea because they have not taken the time to prepare for trial? I hope so....instead of a man facing 155 years for three counts of rape and indecent liberties with a child getting 18 years because she wasn't prepared for trial. The victim, a 13 year old, girl, was ready to go to trial, but the ADA was too lazy to do her job."

    You seriously would rather put a 13 yo child on the stand in a rape trial than accept 18 years in prison for some guy? That reeks of child abuse to me. She was probably traumatized enough. You as an aadult had a duty to protect her from herself, even if she did want to testify. I agree 18 years sounds like too little but I jsut don't think I would put a child I love under that scrutiny.

  • silverballwiz Jan 10, 2014

    I took my case to trial. I never dreamed that a confession from the child would be hidden by my counsel so the truth would not come out. Read this and you will be very shocked. There are innocent people out there. If there is one person either in prison or out having to deal with this is one to many. I am an innocent person. Check out my blog at blog.falseconvictions.com. Thanks.

  • tricianimmo Jan 10, 2014

    So does this mean that ADAs like Melony Shakita will have to do their jobs and take cases to trial instead of taking a plea because they have not taken the time to prepare for trial? I hope so....instead of a man facing 155 years for three counts of rape and indecent liberties with a child getting 18 years because she wasn't prepared for trial. The victim, a 13 year old, girl, was ready to go to trial, but the ADA was too lazy to do her job.

  • sinenomine Jan 10, 2014

    Just by way of clarification, Silverball, I don't really expect negative posters to reveal their criminal histories; it was a rhetorical challenge you might say.

    Still and all - you say you're not a negative poster but you sure recognized yourself from my earlier comment, didn't you?

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