Magistrate Resigns In Duplin County

A magistrate who authorities say stabbed herself and made up a home invasion has resigned.

Beulaville police found Catherine Rhodes stabbed and it appeared her Duplin County home had been broken into in March.

Officials say she made it up. No charges were filed.

District Attorney Dewey Hudson told the Jacksonville Daily News Rhodes is doing better and has found another job and moved on.

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Beulaville police found Catherine Rhodes stabbed and it appeared her Duplin County home had been broken into in March.

But authorities initially were suspicious and then last night police got a second call to her Stanford Street home. They say the woman broken out a window and cut herself on the glass. This came hours after Rhodes was released from the hospital.

The woman is now under doctor's care, and authorities say it appears the magistrate was having some family problems. District Attorney Dewey Hudson says Rhodes will not face any charges.

Rhodes is still a magistrate, but the D.A. say he expects her to resign.

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District Attorney Dewey Hudson tells WITN News Catherine Rhodes is recovering in the hospital right now.

Rhodes was found stabbed in the chest in her home Monday night.

Hudson says officers interviewed Rhodes Wednesday to find out more about the incident but right now he can not release any information about the event or suspects involved.

A press conference is being held Thursday at 11am at the Beulaville Police Department about the incident.

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Police are searching for suspects in the stabbing of a Duplin County magistrate.

Authorities say Catherine Rhodes was stabbed in the upper chest. Police got a call just before 11 p.m. Monday night. When police got to her Beulaville home on Stanford Street they found Rhodes in her bedroom stabbed and a bump on her head.

District Attorney Dewey Hudson says Rhodes was unresponsive so she couldn't give much information on her attackers. He said it appeared the woman's home was broken into.

Hudson says Beulaville police and the SBI are investigating the stabbing.

Beulaville assistant police chief Joey Carter tells WITN News they are still conducting interviews in the case. He says Rhodes' injuries are not life threatening.

Carter says at this point they have not developed enough information yet to release a description of the suspects.

Rhodes, who used to be an assistant district attorney in Onslow County, is being treated at Duplin General Hospital.

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  • by chris Location: greenville on Sep 4, 2009 at 03:19 PM
    I guess it is all in "who ya know" and "who ya are", she should be charged, and all her case decisions go under review.
  • by asc Location: Kenansville on Jun 3, 2009 at 11:50 AM
    Sorry to disappoint some of you. She didn't stay in the Oaks very long. Went back to her home state and is now back in town, wanting her job back. Her hubby has the kids and she gets supervised visitation. They didn't mention she was also stalking someone when all this happened.
  • by Anonymous Location: happily not in Duplin on Apr 13, 2009 at 05:39 PM
    Whats wrong with this picture.... Isn't this filing a false report..and lots of other charges to go along with that. No matter what kind of family problems she may been having ,She should have been smart enough to ask for help than to do such a thing (if she did this). she needs to be punished just like others i've known who was supposed to have filed a false report....I guess it's who you know or just what kind of money you have Huh???
  • by Anonymous on Apr 10, 2009 at 01:26 AM
    Chris: First of all, getting a 10% discount from Walmart when you work there is very different than letting a fellow officer go if you stop them for going 15 over the speed limit or other serious infraction. If it is a dangerous act that they are caught commiting. If you are in law enforcement and break the law, you should be punished just as if you worked at Hardee's. I do agree that this woman should receive help instead of being prosecuted. Anyone that would do this should be helped in order to get better.
  • by Topdog1 on Apr 6, 2009 at 10:31 PM
    She is locked up in a hospital and has been. You guys think that the law men should go and drag her out of the psych ward? Also,heard that judge took her children and she lost her job.Sounds like she is getting off easy for committing a class two misdemeanor which usually comes with fine? Maybe some of you monsters will have a nervous breakdown and will be as lucky as she is!!!
  • by Barbara Location: Beulaville on Apr 6, 2009 at 05:13 AM
    She or no other law enforcement officer should be above the law. She should be charged with filing a false report and be made to pay back the labor and salary of man power used to try and find a man, who never was. If she was depressed or whatever she should have taken a leave of absence from work. But you know how the law works? Depends on who you are. If it had been me, or anyone else we would have been charged. Sure she may need help, but why feel sorry for her because of who she is? Get her the help she needs. Send her to Goldsboro. Not pat her on the back like a 3 year old and tell her things will get better. This doesn't deserve a pat on the back. Think of all the reprecoushion(spelled wrong) this will have next time ANYONE does this. It ain't over yet.
  • by Seconda Torres Location: wayne county on Apr 5, 2009 at 03:02 PM
    we need to take the time and look into her work. she has a position that many peoples lives depend on her decisions and if she has not been in the right frame of mind, many may have been treated unjust due to her mental capacity. if she is capable of doing this to herself, just imagine if you were someone she prosecuted in the past going in front of her for a bond....mmmmmm! if i was a defendant in a case i would seek legal advise if she had any dealings with your case. i would also like to say i cant believe they do not want to prosecute her after she has done this twice, i guess she has friends in high places and can't be touched like the rest of us!
  • by dogman Location: wilmington on Apr 4, 2009 at 07:12 AM
    How do you prosecute a person who is insane? You can't.Obviously this woman was insane when she stabbed herself! Shouldn't crazy people who hurt only themselves be in hospitals instead of prisons. If they put her in prison for hurting herself will they then have to release a criminal who stabs other people. You know that jails are full of thugs. Get real!
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Apr 4, 2009 at 03:32 AM
    I see the same bunch is up here complaining about us "looking out for our own"... Do you not get a 10% discount when you work at wal-mart? There is no law that says anyone has to be charged with filing a false report, NONE! If Law Enforcement felt she needed treatment for her pyschological problems more than she needed jail, then so be it! Odd's are that she does not have a criminal record, so a charge of filing a false report would land her a small fine and a suspended sentence of just a few days! Oh yeah lets tie up the court system with every BS case in the world that we can come up with, OOPPSS Jane doe just jay walked lets lock her up too! And no one can say for certain that under these same circumstances you would be charged. That is a judgement call on the officers part and if he felt like you did this out of malice it would certainly result in charges. If you did this because of an underlying problem what is a measely charge going to fix????
  • by p Location: home on Apr 3, 2009 at 04:43 PM
    I think she should be charged for giving false statment to a police oficer. If it was one of us ,we would be charged.

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