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:

Newton Man Sentenced in Second Degree Murder Shooting

Justin Drew Dalton, 35, of Newton, will spend at least 26 years in prison following a second-degree murder conviction during Catawba County Superior Court on Monday, November 8, 2021. Dalton was given an active prison term of 26 to 32 years by the Honorable William T. Pomeroy, Superior Court … Read More

Hildebran Man Sentenced for Attempted Murder, Robbery

Brendan Marshall Withers, 28, of Hildebran, was given an active prison sentence following his conviction for attempted murder and other charges during Caldwell County Superior Court on Tuesday, October 12, 2021. The Honorable Craig Croom, Superior Court Judge from Wake … Read More

Conover Man Sentenced for Heroin Trafficking

Tyler David Swink, 26, of Conover, was given an active prison sentence of six to eight years following his guilty plea for trafficking heroin during Catawba County Superior Court on Wednesday, September 8, 2021. The Honorable Lisa C. Bell, Superior … Read More

Vale Man Sentenced in Domestic Murder

A Vale man will serve a prison term of 17 to 22 years following his conviction for second-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping during Catawba County Superior Court on Monday, August 30, 2021. Joseph Wayne Barker, 50, was given an active … Read More

Meth Trafficker Sentenced to Prison

Joathan Sherwood Watson, 32, of Lenoir, will serve a prison sentence of six to eight years following his conviction for trafficking methamphetamine by transport and possession, and fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. The Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court … Read More

64 Year-Old Defendant Receives 40+ Year Sentence in Murder Case

A 64-year-old Catawba man will likely spend the rest of his life in prison following his conviction for two counts of second-degree murder during Catawba County Superior Court on Monday, July 19, 2021. Warren Lee Raymond Sr. was given an active prison term of 40 to 50 years by the Honorable … Read More