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First African American D.A. In ENC Sworn In

By: Dave Jordan/Christine Kennedy
By: Dave Jordan/Christine Kennedy

Eastern Carolina's first African American District Attorney took the oath of office Friday.

Edgecombe County Judge Robert Evans offically became the top prosecutor in Edgecombe, Nash and Wilson Counties at 2PM Friday.

Governor Perdue appointed Evans to the position to fill the post of the retiring Howard Boney. Evans first offical day on the job is Monday.

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The man tapped to become eastern Carolina's first African-American district attorney is speaking out about his new position and the claims he only got it because of race.

Edgecombe County Judge Robert Evans says he is ready to become the top prosecutor in Edgecombe, Nash and Wilson counties.

Evans says there will be aggressive prosecution for those who break the law but he will also be understanding to community needs. "We will make sure the trains run on time. That cases will be prosecuted but part of my job and the most important part for the next 60 to 90 days is to figure out what's going on and then learn as much as I can so we can devise a plan of operation that will take us into the future."

Governor Perdue appointed Evans to the position to fill the post of the retiring Howard Boney.

The NAACP called for Perdue to strongly consider an African-American for the position. Judge Evans responded to those who feel he's only getting the position because he's black by saying, "My only response to that is we can sit down and debate that which I find totally irrelevant, or we can role up our sleeves and go to work. I choose to do the latter."


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