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:

Gould Named New Chief For Catawba County DA’s Office

36th Prosecutorial District Attorney Scott Reilly, left, has named Timothy Gould, right, as the new chief prosecutor for the Catawba County DA’s Office. Gould takes over the position vacated when former Chief ADA Lance Sigmon retired at the end of … Read More

Catawba Adds New But Familiar Assistant District Attorney

Stephanie Renzelman was sworn in as the newest Assistant District Attorney for the 36th Prosecutorial District during a special ceremony Monday, January 9, 2023, by the Honorable Wes Barkley, District Court Judge from Catawba County. Renzelman will be in her … Read More

36th Prosecutorial District ADAs Sworn In During Ceremony

Assistant District Attorneys for the 36th Prosecutorial District were sworn in during a ceremony on Tuesday, January 3, 2023, at the Catawba County Courthouse in Newton. Catawba County Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Nathaniel J. Poovey administered the oath to … Read More

Presentation Of Funds To Assist Drug Treatment Court

United States Congressman Patrick McHenry visited the Catawba County Courthouse on Tuesday, November 1, 2022, to present an enhancement grant check totaling $750,000 for the Catawba County Drug Treatment Court. Written by Cognitive Connection with Catawba County Government as the … Read More

Burke County Jury Convicts Man Of Second-Degree Murder

A 65-year-old Morganton man was convicted of second-degree murder by a Burke County jury on Friday, October 28, 2022, at the conclusion of a week-long trial The jury found George Lee Allison guilty in the shooting death of Brandon Adams. … Read More