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:

Newby Makes Stop At Catawba County Courthouse

North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul Newby, center, visited the Catawba County Courthouse recently as part of his tour of all 100 counties in the state that began in May 2021. Shown with Chief Justice Newby are 36th Prosecutorial … Read More

Hickory Man Pleads Guilty To Multiple Sexual Offenses

Jose Luis Garcia, 40, of Hickory, was sentenced to an active prison term of 12 to 19 years following his conviction for multiple sexual offenses during Catawba County Superior Court on Monday, June 27, 2022. The Honorable Reggie E. McKnight, … Read More

Catawba VTC Represented At Veterans Stand Down

Tammy West, administrative assistant for the 36th Prosecutorial District Attorney’s Office, represented the Catawba County Veterans’ Treatment Court (VTC) during the Veterans Stand Down that took place on the campus of Catawba Valley Community College on Friday, June 17, 2022. … Read More

Hickory Man Pleads Guilty In Shooting of Two People

Dimitris Rashawn Williams, 29, of Hickory, was sentenced to spend 10 to 15 years in prison following his conviction for assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious … Read More

Catawba County Adds New ADA

Ryan Crofts, left, recently was sworn in as a new Assistant District Attorney for the 36th Prosecutorial District in Catawba County. He will serve Catawba County in Superior Court. Crofts is shown taking the oath of office administered by the … Read More

Meredith Scott Honored With MADD Victim Champion Award

Meredith Scott was recognized as a Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) North Carolina Award of Excellence recipient for 2021 based on her achievements in working on DWI cases for the Catawba County District Attorney’s Office. She was presented with the … Read More