News and Press Releases from the DA's Office

Below you will find information about the latest pleas, trials, and important developments in Burke, Caldwell, and Catawba Counties. As an office, we are bound by the Rules of Professional Conduct for all North Carolina attorneys, and special rules for prosecutors. Therefore, we often only comment on cases after final disposition.

For all media inquiries and requests, for all three counties, please contact Nathan Key by phone: 828-695-6193 or email:

DA’s Office Adds New District Court ADA In Catawba

Belinda See was recently sworn in as a new Assistant District Attorney in Catawba County. She will serve Catawba County in District Court. See, center, is shown with 36th Prosecutorial District Attorney Scott Reilly, left, and District Court Judge Andrea … Read More

Hickory Man Convicted For Sexual Offenses With Minor

A Hickory man will serve at least 12 years in prison following his conviction for sexual offenses on Monday, April 11, 2022, during Catawba County Superior Court. Andrew John Kenneth Patrick, 45, was given the active prison term of 12 … Read More

DA’s Office Legal Assistant Earns Statewide Recognition

A legal assistant with the 36th Prosecutorial District Attorney’s Office is the recipient of a statewide award of excellence for her work with driving while impaired cases. Meredith Scott has been recognized as a Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) North … Read More

Trafficking Plea Leads To Prison Term for Hickory Woman

Audrey Leann James, 39, of Hickory, was sentenced to an active prison term of approximately six to eight years following her conviction for trafficking opioids by possession during Catawba County Superior Court on Tuesday, April 5, 2022. The Honorable Gregory … Read More

Newton Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Trafficking Charges

Joshua Jezreel Duncan was given an active prison sentence of nine to 12 years following his conviction for multiple drug offenses during Catawba County Superior Court on Tuesday, March 29, 2022. The Honorable J. Thomas Davis, Superior Court Judge from … Read More

Conover Man Found Guilty of First-degree Murder

A Conover man will spend the rest of his life in prison after a Catawba County jury found him guilty of first-degree murder on Friday, March 18, 2022, to conclude a week-long trial. Scott Anthony Putnam, 41, of Conover, was … Read More

DA, Sheriff Speak with Hal Row

Thirty-sixth Prosecutorial District Attorney Scott Reilly, right, and Catawba County Sheriff Don Brown, center, took time to discuss issues related to their respective offices during an interview with Hal Row, left, for the Hal Row Show on WHKY Radio. Some … Read More