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New court documents obtained by WITN show Greenville attorney David Sutton has been indicted on a new charge of felony obstruction of justice, in an addition to the other charges of intimidating a state witness.

Pitt County District Attorney Kimberly Robb says she can't speak about the specifics of the case because she's a witness in it, but could say, "The indictment supersedes the district court matters so his next court day will be Sept. 10th in Superior Court."

This case started on July 5th after a phone message left for a Pitt County Deputy that was seen as threatening bodily harm. Sutton's attorney Matthew Jackson says the message was taken out of context and he was not making a threat.

Jackson say they've subpoenaed the voicemail from the sheriff's office but has been denied.

Jackson says the district attorney's office and the sheriff's office has it out for Sutton. Jackson says, "One would think, either it's a witch hunt or a circus and I don't know why it's a witch hunt, I don't know why they're after him."

As a condition of the indictment, Sutton has to surrender his court issued badge and enter the D.A.'s office through security or be escorted by a law enforcement officer. Failure to do so will result in his arrest.

Jackson says, "He hasn't had any problem complying with any conditions and so, we're going follow what the court tells us to do and work through it."

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Greenville attorney David Sutton was indicted Monday on a charge of intimidating a sheriff's deputy according to his attorney Matthew Jackson.

Jackson says there could be other charges, but the whole proceeding is "a witch hunt."

Sutton is charged with intimidating of a state witness due to a a voicemail he left for a Pitt County Sheriff's Office investigator about a case he's handling.

Sutton says the message was taken out of context. The Pitt County District Attorney's Office turned the case over to the state Attorney General to handle.

Sutton's next court date is October 10th.

Greenville attorney David Sutton was indicted Monday on a charge of intimidating a sheriff's deputy according to his attorney Matthew Jackson.

Jackson says there could be other charges, but the whole proceeding is "a witch hunt."

Sutton is charged with intimidating of a state witness due to a a voicemail he left for a Pitt County Sheriff's Office investigator about a case he's handling.

Sutton says the message was taken out of context. The Pitt County District Attorney's Office turned the case over to the state Attorney General to handle.

Sutton's next court date is October 10th.

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Greenville attorney David Sutton had a probable cause hearing scheduled for Thursday concerning a charge that he left an intimidating voicemail for a Pitt County Sheriff's detective. Sutton tells WITN the hearing was continued after the case was turned over to the state Attorney General's office.

The intimidating a state witness charge against him stems from a phone message he left a Pitt County Sheriff's Office investigator about a case he's handling. He says the message was taken out of context.

The Pitt County District Attorney's office turned the case over to the state Attorney General to handle.

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The case against a local attorney arrested and charged with intimidating a state witness was continued during a court session in Pitt County Friday morning.

Judge Brian DeSoto is presiding over the case which is now scheduled for July 18th.

According to the Pitt County Sheriff's Office, Greenville attorney David Sutton is accused of intimidating a sheriff's detective.

Sutton's attorney says this all stems from a situation where Sutton is representing a person charged with child abuse where he says the charges are unfounded and has asked that they be dropped. The attorney says Sutton would not harm the detective and that it was a misunderstanding and a statement was used out of context.

Sutton left this message on the detective's voicemail saying, "I understand that you know more than the kids Dr. and D.S.S. worker who said it wasn't abuse. So I ain't gonna beat around the bush. I don't know what you're doing. You obviously don't know what the (expletive) your doing so I'm just gonna whoop your (expletive) real bad next week unless you get your (expletive) down there and get this case dismissed. And do your job and have some sense."

The charge is a felony and has a maximum penalty of 50 months in prison.

The local chapter of the NAACP was in the courtroom in support of Sutton.

The NAACP says the charge against Sutton is all about race as he was arrested the same day he and the NAACP held a news conference on behalf of a family who says their 7-year-old daughter was raped at Pactolus Elementary School and that the sheriff's office has not properly investigated what happened.


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