NEW INFO: Pollard Criminal Investigation Possible

The dramatic courtroom proceedings of the wrongful death civil lawsuit against Michelle Pollard may be over, but the story may not be over.

Michelle Pollard's mother, Vivian Mannix, says she plans to appeal the ruling against her daughter, former Pitt County Sheriff's Lieutenant Michelle Pollard.

Also, it is possible a criminal investigation could be opened into the death of Stacey Pollard, which the Pitt County Sheriff's Office ruled was an accident.


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A juror in the Michelle Pollard wrongful death lawsuit says for him today's decision came down to just one thing in the week long trial.

After just 45 minutes of deliberating, the eight men and four women reached found the former sheriff's lieutenant negligent in the death of her husband.

There was no emotion from Pollard, just a blank look on her face as she looked down. Lawyers on both sides then agreed to settle damages in the case at $500,000.

"Her creditability wasn't too strong," said juror Mark Strickland. "I think there was a lot of missing holes presented as far as her side. We didn't think as far as her trying to be there for her husband and do the things that are necessary, with the CPR deal."

Strickland says the evidence presented by Michelle Pollard's attorney just didn't hold enough weight and testimony from the medical examiner who reviewed Stacey Pollard's autopsy and changed the death certificate from accidental death to undetermined, then back to accidental also concerned the jury.

"There's no amount of money, that can bring my son back," Barbara Pollard told WITN. "All I ever wanted for my son's death investigated and investigated and that justice would be done, that he would be treated as everybody else would be treated, that's all I've ever asked."

Pollard was sued by the family of her dead husband, claiming wrongful death. The man was found dead in a pool in the backyard of the couple's Grimesland home in 2005. The Pitt County Sheriff's Office ruled his death accidental. At the time Michelle Pollard was a lieutenant with the department.

"I was shocked and surprised," Vivian Mannix, Michelle Pollard's mother, told us. "Most of this is built on hearsay and not the facts, slander. Michelle did not kill Stacey, Michelle loves Stacey."

Mannix says her daughter plans to appeal the verdict. In 2009, Pollard resigned just days before her indictment on obstructing justice charges. She was convicted and served six months in state prison.


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After more than a week of testimony, jurors in the Michelle Pollard wrongful death lawsuit have begun their deliberations.

Judge Kenneth Crow told the jury of 8 men and 4 women to determine if Pollard was negligent in causing the death of her husband, Stacey.

Pollard is being sued by the family of her dead husband, claiming wrongful death. Stacey Pollard was found dead in a pool in the backyard of the couple's Grimesland home in 2005. The Pitt County Sheriff's Office ruled Pollard's death accidental. At the time she was a lieutenant with the department.


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Closing arguments have wrapped up in the wrongful death lawsuit against a former sheriff's lieutenant.

Michelle Pollard is being sued by the family of her dead husband, claiming wrongful death. Stacey Pollard was found dead in a pool in the backyard of the couple's Grimesland home in 2005. The Pitt County Sheriff's Office ruled Pollard's death accidental. At the time she was a lieutenant with the department.

David Sutton opened up closing arguments this afternoon at 3:00 p.m.. He first told jurors that "justice is in their hands". He says this week of testimony boils down to one thing: did Michelle Pollard act as a responsible wife would or should --the night Stacey Pollard was found floating in the pool.

The attorney for the Pollard family brought up several points.

Those were:

-Michelle Pollard claimed she was carrying hot cocoa and coffee to her husband the night she found him in the pool. She dropped them to get her husband out of the pool The styrofoam cups didn't break. There was no splatter, just turned over. He says the cups appear to have been staged there to corroborate her story.

-The multiple statements given by Michelle Pollard, including one that she pushed her husband in the pool but then claimed the investigators got it wrong, that it was just a dream sequence.

-The anonymous caller, later identified as Marvin Cox, phoned the Sheriff's Office in December 31,2005 saying someone should investigate the drown involving one of its officers, Michelle Pollard. Sutton says then-Sheriff Mac Manning allowed Pollard to hear that call, but not Paula Dance, the lead investigator in the case.

-Michelle Pollard has relations with investigators at the sheriff's department a reason the case couldn't be investigated.

Kathryn Fagan, Michelle Pollard's attorney, began her closing at 4:05 pm with a focus on the "smoke and mirrors" in this case.

Fagan says the bad blood involving the Sheriff's Office and the bad blood between Michelle Pollard and her dead husband's family is a distraction David Sutton has brought up to cloud this case.

Pollard's attorney says the family has enjoyed racking her client over the coals while members of the Sheriff's Office have spent days in the courtroom to gawk. Fagan told jurors that she wonders what the citizens of Pitt County would say knowing their sheriff has been in court along with other members of the department during the trial.

Judge Kenneth Crow Wednesday morning will give jurors final instructions before they begin their deliberations.

Last week Michelle Pollard denied killing her husband. In 2009, Pollard resigned just days before her indictment on obstructing justice charges. She was convicted and served six months in state prison.


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Former Pitt County Sheriff Mac Manning is testifying in the Michelle Pollard wrongful death lawsuit.

Pollard is being sued by the family of her dead husband, claiming wrongful death. Stacey Pollard was found dead in a pool in the backyard of the couple's Grimesland home in 2005. The Pitt County Sheriff's Office ruled Pollard's death accidental. At the time she was a lieutenant with the department.

On the witness stand this morning, Manning described the night he was called to the scene of the Pollard home. He says that night he went to the hospital and met with the family. He says Pollard told everyone in the room that her husband was in the barn that night on November 18, 2005. Pollard says she was on her computer and decided to make him hot chocolate because it was cold outside. She headed toward the barn with hot chocolate and coffee when she saw Pollard's body in the pool. She claims she tried to get him out and moved him to the ladder in the deep end of the pool because she couldn't pull him out.

The former sheriff testified Pollard told them she placed his arms through the rungs of the ladder to keep him above water while she called 911. The former sheriff says there was no mention of pushing him in the pool.

Manning also refutes allegations that Michelle Pollard had an affair with Chief Deputy Rick Fisher. He told jurors that Pollard was under Fisher in a counter terrorism organization within the department in 2001. They had classified work together and spent time outside of the Sheriff's Office which Manning says fueled rumors of an affair between the two.

Many people say Manning lost last year's election because of the way the Pollard investigation was handled.

In 2009, Pollard resigned just days before her indictment on obstructing justice charges. She was convicted and served six months in state prison.

Last week Pollard took the witness stand and denied she killed her husband.


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The family of Stacey Pollard finished presenting its case to a Pitt County civil jury this afternoon without calling former Sheriff Mac Manning.

Michelle Pollard is being sued by the family of her dead husband, claiming wrongful death. Stacey Pollard was found dead in a pool in the backyard of the couple's Grimesland home in 2005. The Pitt County Sheriff's Office ruled Pollard's death accidental. At the time she was a lieutenant with the department.

Before concluding his case, the Pollard family attorney continued to play a videotaped deposition of Dr. Jonathan Arden, a forensic and anatomical pathologist. Arden looked over the autopsy of Pollard and the statements made by the former lieutenant to investigators.

The expert implies that the case could have been ruled a homicide since the victim was known to have seizures, and in one of her statements Pollard says she playfully pushed him into the pool. Michelle Pollard later said that was all a dream.

Pollard took the stand Thursday and denied killing her husband.



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The wrongful death civil lawsuit against a former Pitt County deputy sheriff continues this morning.

Michelle Pollard is being sued by the family of her dead husband, claiming wrongful death. Stacey Pollard was found dead in a pool in the backyard of the couple's Grimesland home in 2005. The Pitt County Sheriff's Office ruled Pollard's death accidental. At the time she was a lieutenant with the department.

This morning the Pollard family attorney continues to play a videotaped deposition of Dr. Jonathan Arden, a forensic and anatomical pathologist. Arden looked over the autosy of Pollard and the statements made by the former lieutenant to investigators.

The expert implies that the case could have been ruled a homicide since the victim was known to have seizures, and in one of her statements Pollard says she playfully pushed him into the pool. Michelle Pollard later said that was all a dream.

Former Sheriff Mac Manning, who has been subpoenaed by the family, has yet to take the witness stand.

In 2009, Pollard resigned just days before her indictment on obstructing justice charges. She was convicted and served six months in state prison.


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Michelle Pollard told a Pitt County civil jury Thursday that she did not kill her husband.

Pollard cried several times while on the witness stand. She denied pushing her husband in their swimming pool, and also denied having anything to do with his death. "I did not kill my husband," she told the jury.

Pollard is being sued by the family of her dead husband, claiming wrongful death. Stacey Pollard was found dead in a pool in the backyard of the couple's Grimesland home in 2005. The Pitt County Sheriff's Office ruled Pollard's death accidental. At the time she was a lieutenant with the department.

Pollard was called to the stand around 11:30 a.m. She told her former mother-in-law's attorney that she is now unemployed and collects $800 a week in workers compensation from the Sheriff's Office. She said her most recent surgery was July 8th.

The former sheriff's deputy used a walker to get in and out of the courthouse. She was also allowed to come and go through a secured door, normally reserved for law enforcement.

Taking the witness stand earlier Thursday morning was Scott Brock, brother of Glenn Brock who testified Wednesday about a sexual encounter he had with Pollard on the day she buried her husband. Scott Brock told jurors that Stacey Pollard was at his home the day of his death. He said he overheard the Pollard's argue over the phone, and Stacey went home. Brock says that was the last time he saw Pollard alive.

In 2009, Pollard resigned just days before her indictment on obstructing justice charges. She was convicted and served six months in state prison.


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A sheriff's lieutenant who investigated the death of Stacey Pollard says she felt pressured to close the case on his death. That lieutenant testified that Michelle Pollard had sexual encounters with two of her supervisors at the Sheriff's Office.

Michelle Pollard is being sued by the family of her dead husband. Stacey Pollard was found dead in a pool in the backyard of the couple's Grimesland home in 2005. The Pitt County Sheriff's Office ruled Pollard's death accidental. At the time she was a lieutenant with the department.

Paula Dance, who is now a lieutenant with the Sheriff's Office, was questioned on the stand this afternoon for an hour about the investigation into Stacey Pollard's death. Dance was the lead investigator at the time of his death. The deputy testified she arrived at the Pollard home and immediately asked for the SBI to be called in.

Dance called her supervisor, Lt. Lee Moore, and told him the situation. He instructed her to continue to look further into the case, but to not call the SBI.

Dance says she didn't not talk to Pollard at the scene but went to the hospital to see her husband's condition. The deputy says when Pollard got there, she was with Lt. Rick Fisher. Dance says Fisher and Lt. Lee Moore had sexual encounters in the past with Pollard, and the fact Fisher was there was not normal for this case.

The investigator says she felt intimidated by Fisher's presence and non-verbal body language that implied she should not talk to Pollard. Dance testified she also felt intimidation by her superiors to close this case and did so in December 2005, a month after the husband's death.

Pollard's attorney cross examined the sheriff's lieutenant, pointing out Dance has tried to sue former Sheriff Mac Manning, which was dismissed and now in appellate court. Fagan also brought up Dance's involvement in Neil Elks' successful campaign for sheriff and how she received $1,367 for helping out. Dance explained during the re-direct that the money was from a fundraiser raffle, where she won half of the money raised in that raffle.

The family's attorney told the judge before the lunch that he would call Michelle Pollard to the stand.

Earlier, Glenn Brock, a pallbearer in the husband's funeral testified that after the service he, along with his future wife and Pollard had a sexual encounter.

He said they had been drinking and that it was his future wife's idea that he go to bed with Pollard. "You know I'm a man," Brock told the court. "Would you turn down a three-some with two hot women?"

Brock was found in contempt of court by Judge Ken Crow after he became combative during cross examination by Pollard's attorney.


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A judge has placed a witness in the Michelle Pollard wrongful death lawsuit in contempt after his combative testimony this morning. This after he told jurors that he, along with his future wife and Pollard had a sexual encounter immediately after the funeral for Stacey Pollard.

At first Glenn Brock refused to testify yesterday and invoked his Fifth Amendment rights. But after Judge Ken Crow let him think about it overnight, Brock took the stand.

Pollard is being sued by the family of her dead husband. Stacey Pollard was found dead in a pool in the backyard of the couple's Grimesland home in 2005. The Pitt County Sheriff's Office ruled Pollard's death accidental. At the time she was a lieutenant with the department.

During questioning from Pollard's attorney, Kathryn Fagan, Brock became upset with the attorney bringing up his criminal past that includes him being a sex offender. He argued back to the attorney, saying he had been an (expletive deleted) his whole life, but that didn't change the fact that Brock, along with his future wife and Pollard had a sexual encounter after the funeral for Stacey Pollard.

The judge had warned Brock before to just answer the questions. Pollard looked down during the questioning of Brock.

Earlier, the attorney for Stacey Pollard's family questioned Brock about the encounter. He testified it happened right after the funeral at Pollard's house. Brock says he was a pallbearer for the funeral.

He said they had been drinking and that it was his future wife's idea that he go to bed with Pollard. "You know I'm a man," Pollard told the court. "Would you turn down a three-some with two hot women?"

The judge gave Brock several options, and the one agreed upon was community service. Judge Crow will impose punishment Thursday morning.

Records show Brock was convicted in 2003 for indecent liberties with a child and served 15 months in prison.

Later he was sent to prison for failing to register as a sex offender and served another two years and seven months.

The man has a lengthy criminal record, dating back to 1990. Brock has been convicted of multiple counts of assault on a female and violation of a protective order, communicating threats, resisting an officer, domestic abuse of disabled/elder person, embezzlement, possession of schedule VI drugs, DWI level 5, and credit card fraud.


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A witness in the wrongful death lawsuit of a former Pitt County sheriff's lieutenant told the judge this morning he will testify in the case.

Michelle Pollard is being sued by the family of her dead husband.
Stacey Pollard was found dead in a pool in the backyard of the couple's Grimesland home in 2005. The Pitt County Sheriff's Office ruled Pollard's death accidental. At the time she was a lieutenant with the department.

Glen Brock told Judge Ken Crow that he would testify, but he can elect to take the 5th Amendment if a question could incriminate him.

Yesterday Brock refused to testify, and the judge gave him overnight to decide what to do.


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The lawyer for the family of Stacey Pollard says a hefty insurance payout is one of the motives in the man's death.

Former deputy sheriff Michelle Pollard is being sued by the family of her dead husband.

Stacey Pollard was found dead in a pool in the backyard of the couple's Grimesland home in 2005. The Pitt County Sheriff's Office ruled Pollard's death accidental. At the time she was a lieutenant with the department.

The Daily Reflector reports the final witness of the day was warned he could be sent to jail for refusing to testify. The paper says Glen Brock was asked by an attorney for Stacey Pollard's family if he had memory of sexual relations with his girlfriend and Michelle the day Stacey was buried. Brock invoked his Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate himself and refused to testify. The judge gave Brock until Wednesday morning to think it over, and if not he could face contempt of court charges.

The paper reports Pollard's attorney told the judge Brock is a sex offender, and feels by testifying he could risk putting himself back in prison.

A jury was selected on Monday after a delay last week when Pollard's ex-boss, former Sheriff Mac Manning, was included in the jury pool.

During opening statements, the attorney for the Pollard family told jurors that the motive in Stacey Pollard's death includes a $200,000 insurance policy that Michelle Pollard would receive a little over a week after her husband's death. David Sutton says Michelle signed up for that insurance and told jurors he believes there was a cover-up by the Sheriff's Office.

Pollard's attorney, Katheryn Fagan countered that her client is caught up in a case of an outgoing and incoming sheriff. She told jurors that Sutton is providing a narrow prism to present as evidence and pointed out that he is related to Stacey Pollard's family. Fagan encouraged jurors to keep an open mind in the case.

Pollard is in the courtroom for this morning's proceedings. Last week she was not present as her attorney told the judge she had undergone non-elective surgery. She is in court wearing a lower back support belt.

Last week the judge issued a gag order in the case, preventing lawyers or members of the family from speaking with the news media.

In 2009, Pollard resigned just days before her indictment on obstructing justice charges. She was convicted and served six months in state prison.


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A gag order has been issued in the wrongful death lawsuit against a former Pitt County sheriff's lieutenant.

Michelle Pollard is being sued by the family of her dead husband, Stacey Pollard. He was found dead in a pool in the backyard of the couple's Grimesland home in 2005. The Pitt County Sheriff's Office ruled Pollard's death accidental.

The trial was supposed to begin on Monday, but pre-trial motions and former Sheriff Mac Manning ending up in the pool of potential jurors has delayed it until next week.

When contacted today about additional motions in the case, the attorney for the Pollard family said he could not speak with WITN News because of a gag order imposed by the judge. We've learned that gag order includes clients, family members and attorneys on both sides. It lasts until the end of the trial.


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Former Pitt County Sheriff Mac Manning has been removed from a list of potential jurors in the wrongful death lawsuit involving one of his former deputies, while the judge has put off jury selection until next week.

Michelle Pollard is being sued by the family of her dead husband. The case began Monday with pre-trial motions in a Pitt County courtroom.

WITN News has learned that Manning was part of a jury pool for the Pollard case, but he's been removed. Manning was sheriff when Pollard was a lieutenant for the department.

The former sheriff is a witness in the case, and was removed from the jury pool by the clerk of court. Monday Manning was seen in a hallway with other jurors as they lined up to be signed in. It's at that point Clerk Sara-Beth Rhodes noticed the former sheriff and pulled him aside.

Manning told WITN that he got the jury summons a month ago, and didn't realize it would be possibly involving the Pollard case. He thought the wrongful death case would have been resolved by now.

Judge Kenneth Crow has decided to delay jury selection until next week in the case, thus eliminating any possible conflict with the former sheriff being on this week's pool.

As for Pollard, she has yet to appear in the courtroom. Her attorney told Judge Crow that Pollard is undergoing non-elective surgery. Judge Crow noted that Pollard has been habitually absent during prior proceedings in the case.

The lawsuit is being brought by the family of Stacey Pollard. Authorities say he drowned in a pool in the backyard of the couple's Grimesland home in 2005. The Pitt County Sheriff's Office ruled Pollard's death accidental.

In 2009, Pollard resigned just days before her indictment on obstructing justice charges. She was convicted and served six months in state prison.


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A former Pitt County Sheriff's Office lieutenant, who is being sued in a wrongful death case of her husband, has yet to appear in court for the trial. This as Michelle Pollard's former boss was removed from the jury pool.

Tuesday is the second day of proceedings in the civil case against Michelle Pollard. Yesterday there were pre-trial motions, which continued this morning. But Pollard is not in the courtroom.

Pollard, according to her attorney, is having non-elective surgery and may not be available for the trial. Superior Judge Kenneth Crow noted that Pollard has been habitually absent from most proceedings in this civil case.

One member of the jury pool has already been dismissed. That was former Sheriff Mac Manning. The former sheriff is a witness in the case, and was removed from the jury pool by the clerk of court. Monday Manning was seen in a hallway with other jurors as they lined up to be signed in. It's at that point the clerk noticed the former sheriff and pulled him aside.

Manning told WITN that he got the jury summons a month ago, and didn't realize it would be possibly involving the Pollard case. He thought the wrongful death case would have been resolved by now.

The lawsuit is being brought by the family of Stacey Pollard. Authorities say he drowned in a pool in the backyard of the couple's Grimesland home in 2005. The Pitt County Sheriff's Office ruled Pollard's death accidental.

In 2009, Pollard resigned just days before her indictment on obstructing justice charges. She was convicted and served six months in state prison.


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Pre-trial motions in the Michelle Pollard trial didn't start until 4:30 Monday afternoon and by 5:15 the judge had made one determination.

Judge Kenneth Crow, who just learned he would hear this case last Wednesday, says he went through all the pre-trial paperwork and found both attorneys have been arguing, but not the case, rather with each other. The judge warned the attorneys if they don't argue the case once it begins, they will be in contempt.

Michelle Pollard was not in court for this scheduled court date, but the victim's family, her former in-laws were there for the wrongful death civil suit of Stacy Pollard, Michelle's husband.

Stacy died on November 18, 2005 in the couple's swimming pool. Since then, the family says Michelle, who worked for the Pitt County Sheriff's Office had something to do with it.

The defense did not comment on this case.

Pre-trial matters will continue at 9:30 Tuesday morning.



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The wrongful death civil lawsuit between former sheriff's lieutenant and a local family began Monday.

The target of the suit is former Pitt County Sheriff's Lieutenant Michelle Pollard. The family of her late husband, Stacey Pollard, sued Pollard in state court in 2009 after a federal lawsuit was thrown out.

The proceedings began at 10:00 a.m. with Stacey Pollard's family and their attorney in court, along with former Sheriff Mac Manning. Michelle Pollard is not yet in court, but her attorney is in the courtroom.

Authorities say Pollard's husband drowned in a pool in the backyard of the couple's Grimesland home in 2005. The Pitt County Sheriff's Office ruled Pollard's death accidental.

In 2009, Pollard resigned just days before her indictment on obstructing justice charges. She was convicted and served six months in state prison.


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