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State pursuing indictment against Sen. Soles

Posted December 10, 2009

— A grand jury in North Carolina on Thursday found probable cause to indict state Sen. R.C. Soles, D-Columbus, on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

A spokeswoman for Attorney General Roy Cooper said his office plans to present an indictment to the grand jury in January.

Authorities have said that Soles shot a man in August after two intruders kicked in the front door of his Tabor City home. The grand jury found there was probable cause to conclude that he "unlawfully, willfully and feloniously" shot the man.

Attorney Joe Cheshire has said that Soles fired in self defense. Cheshire did not immediately return a call seeking comment Thursday, and a message left for Soles was not immediately returned.

Soles, who has has spent 40 years in the General Assembly, also was accused this summer of fondling a teen years ago, but the man who made the allegation later recanted.


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  • djcgriffin Dec 11, 2009

    I understand that there are laws about shooting someone that breaks down your door, but how are you to know whether or not they are coming in with deadly force?

    With that said, if the guy from Durham that shot the policeman because he thought someone was breaking in his house gets jailtime, so should this senator. Similar scenario.

    Term limits bill needed today!

  • flipper59 Dec 11, 2009

    some of you posters need to take the concealed hand gun carry class. you might lern a few things about the un-lawful shooting of someone in your house.

  • flipper59 Dec 11, 2009

    It was mentioned when this happened that Soles made contact to the police chief on the chief's cell phone, not 911 as we would do.

  • ech Dec 11, 2009

    you got it (retired and luv it).. Next time I vote for anything. The first thing I'm going to do is check to see which candidate is running for reelection and then I'm voting for the other guy.

  • retired and luv it Dec 11, 2009

    Term Limits people. Clean all of them out. Rand was a good start, Black is where most of them belong. Now send Soles to the slammer where he won t have access to guns, young boys, or tax payer money. Then work hard on Bashart and hope Bev hits the road next election.

  • Just the facts mam Dec 11, 2009

    "Soles, who has has spent 40 years in the General Assembly"

    It is time to go - just get out - THIS IS WHY WE NEED TERM LIMITS!!!!!

  • ech Dec 11, 2009

    What I was saying is that I bet the facts are that this guy never kicked his door down. I bet that this guy called him to his house to discuses him living in a house given by this man and not to divulge any damaging information. Then this guy didn’t go along with the “keep your mouth shut” or else scenario and was shot. Then to cover this up the politician called and told police that he had shot someone that kicked his door down expecting to the investigation to go no further because of who he was and his political pull.

  • clayt85 Dec 11, 2009

    "Vote Republican for a real change next election"--tatermommy52

    Clearly this is a political issue. Thank you for such a well-informed comment.

  • army retiree Dec 11, 2009

    Hey Life-Goes-On, inside my house is a .44 Magnum. I don't worry or need that second shot. Fact is where there's as much smoke as there is here there's bound to be a lot of fire. This (and with the sexual investigation(s)) is a lot of interesting reading.

  • Life-goes-on. Dec 11, 2009

    How is shooting someone that kicked your door down in any way thinking that he is above the law? Doesn't make any difference if he's a politician, a teacher or a truck driver, he should have the right to defend himself and his family when someone enters his home with intent to harm OR steal. Our founding fathers intended for us to be able to defend ourselves AND our property.