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Michelle Pollard Now Inmate At Raleigh Women's Prison

A former sheriff's lieutenant spent the night in a women's prison in Raleigh after her conviction Wednesday in Pitt County.

The Department of Correction says Michelle Pollard was checked in Wednesday to the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women to start serving her six to eight month prison sentence.

Pollard, who resigned just weeks before her indictment last summer, was convicted of two counts of obstruction of justice and one count of not performing duties of her office. Prosecutors say the former deputy tipped off the subject of an ongoing drug investigation.

The Department of Correction says it cannot say whether they're taking any different security measures because Pollard is former law enforcement officer. But the DOC web site says Pollard is under administrative segregation. Spokesman George Dudley explained that means Pollard is not yet mixing with the regular inmate population. He said it was an acclimation period for inmates not familiar with the prison system, but couldn't say how long that would last.

The prison is the state's major correctional facility for women. NCCIW houses female inmates of all custody levels and control statuses including death row, maximum, close, medium, minimum and safekeepers.

The state's web site says it currently has 1938 inmates.


A former Pitt County sheriff's lieutenant broke down in tears after a judge refused to allow her bond pending the appeal of a guilty verdict.

The jury took about an hour and 15 minutes to find Michelle Pollard guilty of tipping off the subject of an ongoing drug investigation.

Pollard, who resigned just weeks before her indictment last summer, was convicted of two counts of obstruction of justice and one count of not performing duties of her office.

The judge sentenced Pollard to serve a minimum of six months to a maximum of eights months in jail. She was led from the courtroom in handcuffs.

Pollard did not take the stand as her attorney decided not to present any evidence on her behalf.

Defense attorney Maynard Harrell, Jr. tells WITN they plan to appeal the conviction, but he says by the time any appeal is heard Pollard will have already served her sentence.


The jury has started deliberating the fate of a former Pitt County sheriff's lieutenant who is accused of tipping off the subject of a drug investigation.

Michelle Pollard did not testify as her defense called no witnesses to the stand.

Jurors started deliberating for about five minutes before the judge sent them to lunch. They resumed at 2:00 p.m.

Pollard, who resigned just weeks before her indictment last summer, faces two counts of obstruction of justice and not performing her duties of her office.

Closing arguments in the trial began an hour after her lawyer decided to rest their case and keep Pollard off the stand

Defense attorney Maynard Harrell, Jr. told jurors that Pollard didn't need to prove her innocence, since it's up to the district attorney to prove she's guilty.

Harrell says Pollard is not guilty of obstruction of justice for telling Gina Wooten about a drug investigation against her, claiming the drug deal with Wooten had already taken place. He says Wooten is untrustworthy and even admitted to lying to investigators before.

District Attorney Clark Everett reiterated that Pollard took an oath of office to fulfill her duties and violated her powers as a law enforcement official.

Everett says the former lieutenant jeopardized any further drug deals with Wooten and ultimately uncovered their drug informant.


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The defense team representing former Pitt County sheriff's lieutenant Michelle Pollard begins making its case in court Wednesday. There is speculation Pollard could take the stand in her own defense.

It took just one day, Tuesday, for prosecutors to present their case against Pollard.

One of the people on the stand Tuesday was the woman who authorities say was tipped off by Michelle Pollard.

Pollard, who resigned just weeks before her indictment last summer, faces two counts of obstruction of justice and not performing her duties of her office.

On the stand, Gina Wooten, a former Pitt County detention officer, told jurors that Pollard told her she was the subject of a drug investigation.

Wooten said she was told by Pollard of the broader cocaine investigation on April 22nd, a day after the woman was charged with marijuana possession.

Earlier, Deputy Shannon Stewart, testified that Pollard pulled up the undercover report on Wooten for him to see. Stewart says he's the father of Wooten's child. He testified that he only spoke to Pollard about Wooten being caught with drugs and needing a lawyer.

Opening statements in Pollard's trial began at 9:30 a.m. in Pitt County Superior Court.

District Attorney Clark Everett claims the evidence will show Pollard had access to undercover drug information, that she called Gina Wooten to warn her and then lied to cover it up.

The defense claims the evidence will not show Pollard is the one who tipped off Wooten.

The defense will get to present their evidence on Wednesday. Pollard's attorney, Maynard Harrell, Jr., told WITN News that they are still deciding whether Pollard will take the stand or not.


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One of those watching the trial Tuesday morning was Sheriff Mac Manning.

Jury selection has been completed in the high profile case of a former Pitt County sheriff's deputy.

Michelle Pollard was a lieutenant with the Pitt County Sheriff's Office until she resigned a few weeks before she was indicted by a grand jury.

The 8-man, 4-woman jury was seated just before 5:00 p.m. Testimony against Pollard is expected to begin Tuesday morning.

Pollard faces criminal charges on allegations she tipped off the target of a drug investigation.

She is charged with obstructing justice and willful failure to discharge duties.

Pollard lost her law enforcement certification last year. There were reports she was seen smoking marijuana and taking part in a wet t-shirt contest. Those allegations let to the Sheriff's Education and Training Standards Commission revoking Pollard's certification.

She's appealing that revocation.

Late last year, Pollard told court officials she would not agree to a plea deal in the criminal charges she is facing.

Pollard was at the courthouse prior to lunch, but declined to speak with WITN about the case.


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