High-profile cases expected today
Several high-profile defendants are scheduled to appear in court today, including accused murderer Everette Hewitt.
Hewitt, 32, of Claremont, is charged with murdering three people in March 2011, when he allegedly walked into a Conover mobile home and started shooting. He is also charged with second-degree trespassing, first-degree burglary and robbery with a dangerous weapon.
Hewitt allegedly shot four people inside the trailer on Emmanuel Church Road in Conover about 4:45 a.m. on March 15, 2011. Three of those people died. The Catawba County Sheriff's Office identified the victims as Wade Sigmon, 49; Susan Kay Blevins, 51; and Connie Canipe Miller, 42, all of Conover.
Joseph Burke, 38, survived the incident. Burke was shot in the back of his neck, and he called 9-1-1 to report the crime.
In a recording of Burke's call, he told a 9-1-1 operator that an unknown man came into the residence and demanded Burke's ATM card.
Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid said police think the four shooting victims and Hewitt were using drugs together early on the morning of March 15, before the shootings occurred.
Hewitt allegedly fled the mobile home on Emmanuel Church Road after the shootings, prompting a 26-hour manhunt that involved more than 100 deputies from Catawba County and the surrounding area.
Police located Hewitt on March 16 in Claremont at the home of Hewitt's girlfriend. He was taken into custody without incident.
Hewitt has been in the Catawba County jail without bond since his arrest.
Former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield is also scheduled to appear in court today.
Mayfield is charged with possession of methamphetamine, a charge that could carry a maximum prison sentence of 12-15 months, according to Catawba County court records.
More charges are expected to surface for Mayfield, whose home and property have been searched two times for stolen property originally taken from Lincoln, Iredell and Caldwell counties.
Mayfield was charged with possession of meth after Catawba County sheriff’s deputies searched his home on Nov. 1 and found 1.5 grams of the drug. Authorities also seized 69 guns from the residence and stolen equipment that is valued at more than $100,000.
On Nov. 16, authorities searched Mayfield’s home again, this time looking for furniture that had been stolen in Hudson. Sheriff’s deputies recovered $5,000-$10,000 in high-end furniture on his property.
To date, Mayfield has only been charged with possession of meth.
In November, he hired attorney David Freedman, of Winston-Salem, to represent him in the case. Freedman is also representing Shawn Clark, the ex-district attorney candidate charged with two counts of extortion and one count of obstruction of justice in relation to alleged incidents with a former client in 2009 and 2010.
Clark is also scheduled to appear in court today for a pre-trial hearing.
Shawn Clark, an ex-district 25 attorney candidate and lawyer based in Hickory, is accused of issuing threats and false affidavits to cover up an alleged sexual relationship with a former client, Tiffany Turnmire, in 2009.
The accusations against Clark surround a series of back-and-forth court battles between Clark, Turnmire and Turnmire's husband, Tim, a few months prior to Clark’s May 2010 district 25 attorney primary race against incumbent James C. Gaither Jr. Clark eventually lost the primary by less than 250 votes.
Senior Deputy Attorney General James J. Coman filed the indictments charging Clark.
The indictments — which follow a long-term investigation by the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation — accuse Clark of threatening Turnmire and his former secretary, Terri Edwards, to lie about the alleged sexual relationship in court. Clark is also accused of drafting a false affidavit used to “defraud the court” and defeat lawsuits brought about by Tim Turnmire after he learned about the affair.
Tim Turnmire sued Clark for alienation of affection in January 2010 — shortly after Clark announced his intention to run for election — claiming Clark maintained an affair with his wife and paid to fly her to visit him in Las Vegas.
Clark filed a countersuit against Tiffany Turnmire for libel, slander and intentional inflection of emotional distress.
At the time, Clark told The O-N-E that he was trying to rescue Turnmire from a violent situation when he flew her to Las Vegas for a weekend.
Clark now says the allegations never happened and calls the indictments a “warning shot” to anyone wanting to run for district attorney in the future.