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:

Caldwell ADA Serves On Statewide Panel at NCDOJ Training

A Caldwell County assistant district attorney and Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office investigator recently served as panelists at a statewide training focusing on sexual assault cold case prosecution. ADA Jennifer C. Mathews of the Caldwell County District Attorney’s Office and Detective … Read More

Hudson Resident Gets Lengthy Prison Term For Trafficking

Hudson resident Keaisha Aliya Winkler, 27, will serve the next 15 to 20 years in the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections after pleading guilty to Trafficking Fentanyl during  Caldwell County Superior Court on October 30, 2023. The Honorable Daniel … Read More

Veterans Helping Veterans

Graduates and mentors from the Catawba County Veterans’ Treatment Court (VTC) came together to raise money to assist elderly veterans in the community by playing in the Carolina Caring Friends Fore Hospice Golf Tournament. From left to right are Doug … Read More

Defendant In Fatal Workplace Shooting Given Prison Sentence

Tangela Louise Parker, 52, of Taylorsville, will serve an active prison sentence of 20 to 25 years following her conviction for second-degree murder during Catawba County Superior Court on Thursday, September 28, 2023. The Honorable Bradley B. Letts, Superior Court … Read More

Defendant Enters Guilty Plea In Death By Distribution Case

Manuel Alejandro Acevedo, 35, of Hickory, will serve an active prison sentence of nearly six to eight years following his conviction for death by distribution during Catawba County Superior Court on Monday, September 18, 2023. The Honorable Lori Hamilton, Superior … Read More

Final Defendant Sentenced In Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

The last of three men with connections to a substantial Mexican drug trafficking organization was convicted for his involvement in bringing cocaine and heroin into and through Catawba County. Juan Olmos, 56, of Claremont, was given an active prison term … Read More

Conover Man Sentenced After Plea to Sexual Offenses

Andrew Thomas Dawson, 27, of Conover, will serve an active prison sentence of nine to 21 years following his conviction for sexual offenses during Catawba County Superior Court on Monday, August 21, 2023. The Honorable Peter Knight, Superior Court Judge … Read More

Five Graduate From Catawba VTC

The Catawba County Veterans’ Treatment Court (VTC) had its second graduation ceremony on Friday, August 11, 2023, at the Catawba County Courthouse, recognizing the accomplishments of five more graduates. The ceremony honoring the achievements of Randall Shane Parris (U.S. Marines), … Read More