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Long-time district attorney dies

Posted April 13, 2011 11:41 a.m. EDT

— Howard Boney Jr., a long-time district attorney in Nash, Edgecombe and Wilson counties, was found dead in his home on Tuesday night, friends told WRAL News.

Boney was appointed district attorney by then-Gov. Jim Hunt in January 1978. Boney won election in November that year and was re-elected seven times. He retired in May 2009.

Jane Caison, Boney's secretary for more than 30 years, said Wednesday that the cause of Boney's death has not been determined.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Boney was the first district attorney in the state to develop a program to help crime victims and witnesses navigate the legal system.

His prosecutorial district was also the first in North Carolina to establish Child Justice Centers to serve child abuse victims and their families. Centers are in Rocky Mount, Nashville and Wilson.

Boney also served on the Governor's Crime Commission for 15 years and on the Tarboro Redevelopment Commission for 35 years, including 17 years as chairman.

A Tarboro native, Boney received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He practiced law in Tarboro before his appointment as district attorney.