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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