John Wall

Man Represents Himself at Trial, Gets 9+ Years in Prison

John Michael Wall, 56, of Hickory, was given an active prison sentence of nine to 12 years after a Catawba County jury found him guilty of possession of stolen goods and determined that he had attained status as a habitual felon. The Honorable R. Stuart … Read More

Defendant Chad Smith

Catawba Jury Finds Man Guilty Of Drug Offenses

Chad Lee Smith, 44, of Hickory, was found guilty as charged by a Catawba County jury last week and given an active prison term. The 12-member jury rendered its verdict on Wednesday, July 31, 2019, to conclude a three-day trial. … Read More

Defendant Nancy Austin

Life Sentenced Imposed in Murder Case after Jury Verdict

A jury needed less than 45 minutes of deliberation to find Nancy Benge Austin guilty of first-degree murder in the December 2013 shooting death of 20-year-old Dylan Joseph Short on Friday, May 24, 2019, in Caldwell County Superior Court. Austin, … Read More