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 Employee Honored for Victim Training, Certification

Catawba County District Attorney’s Office Legal Assistant Belinda Gaither has been recognized as a Credentialed Advocate to assist victims of violent crimes. Gaither, an Iredell County resident who has been with the DA’s Office for four years, earned the distinction from the National Advocate Credentialing … Read More

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Conover Man Sentenced as Accessory to Double Murder

A Conover man received an active prison term of seven to nine years during Catawba County Superior Court in connection with the death of two people in March 2016. Devin Maurice Ussery, 30, was given the prison sentence by the … Read More

Members of the DA’s Office Complete Veterans Court Training

The implementation of a Veterans’ Treatment Court for Catawba County is one step closer to fruition following a three-day virtual training session for those people and agencies who will be active participants in the program. The Catawba County Board of Commissioners … Read More

Granite Falls Man Sentenced in Hit-and-Run Killing

Kenneth Avery Davis, 37, of Granite Falls, pleaded guilty to felony involuntary manslaughter and felony hit and run serious injury/death for the October 2019 death of Marriah Kelly Warren during Caldwell County Superior Court on Monday, July 6, 2020. The … Read More

Hickory Man Sentenced in 2012 Stabbing Murder

A Hickory man could spend up to 17 years in prison following his conviction for second-degree murder during Catawba County Superior Court on Thursday, June 25, 2020. Monroe David Byrd. Jr., 54, was given an active prison term of 13 … Read More

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DA Reilly Clears Deputy Involved in Fatal Shooting

A Caldwell County deputy involved in the fatal shooting of a 28-year-old man has been cleared of any wrongdoing by the District Attorney’s Office. Following a review of the investigative findings by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation of a shooting incident … Read More

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DA Reilly Clears US Marshals in Deadly Standoff

The United States Marshals involved in the fatal shooting of a man following a standoff in Hudson have been deemed justified in their use of deadly force. Based on a review of the findings from an investigation by the North … Read More