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:

Robbery Offenses Lead To Prison Term For Durham Woman

A Durham woman was given an active prison term of six to nine years following her conviction for three counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and malicious conduct by a prisoner during Catawba County Superior Court. Taya McCathern, 29, … Read More

Catawba ADA Honored By NCSBI

Catawba County Assistant District Attorney Jessica Phillips recently was honored by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation for her work in the prosecution of an international child sex enterprise. Phillips received the SBI Director’s Partnership Award for Merit during … Read More