African American District Attorney Appointed In Eastern Carolina

Governor Beverly Perdue announced her decision to appoint District Court Judge Robert A. Evans of Rocky Mount to be Edgecombe, Nash, and Wilson Counties top prosecutor Wednesday afternoon.

Evans will complete the current term of Howard S. Boney Jr. who is retiring after more than 30 years of public service as district attorney.

Judge Evans has served as a District Court Judge for the Seventh Judicial District since being appointed by Governor Jim Hunt in 1999. Evans grew up in Rocky Mount and graduated from the Rocky Mount public schools. He received his bachelor's from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and law degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law. From 1977 to 1999, he practiced law in Rocky Mount. He is the former president of the Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce, which named him Citizen of the Year in 2007.

Judge Evans' first official day as District Attorney will be May 1, 2009.

The NAACP has already announced it supports Perdue’s decision and a spokesman says Evans will be the first black District Attorney in the history of eastern North Carolina.

Ms. Yolanda Thigpen, Edgecombe County NAACP President tells WITN "We are pleased with the selection of Judge Evans. He has a reputation of fairness, strength and conscience. This bodes well for the course of justice in the district."

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