State News

State pursuing indictment against Sen. Soles

Posted December 10, 2009 5:52 p.m. EST
Updated December 10, 2009 7:03 p.m. EST

— A grand jury in North Carolina on Thursday 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.