The Transylvania Times -

By Park Baker
Staff Writer 

Superior Court Term Ends-Brevard NC


A jury found James Dean Stewart guilty last week of felony assault inflicting bodily injury.

He was given a probationary sentence of 16-29 months, suspended with supervised probation for 24 months. He is also serving a 90-day active probationary sentence.

Stewart’s case was one of several handled last week during the latest term of Criminal Superior Court in Transylvania County.

In another trial, a jury found Katura Orr not guilty of a driving while intoxicated charge.

The scheduled trial involving Scott McCombs was continued to April 20. McCombs was originally charged with one count of felony hit and run and one count of felony death by motor vehicle after an accident on Dec. 26, 2012.

McCombs is alleged to have been seen leaving the scene of the accident on U.S. 64, where he allegedly struck and killed local resident Jerry Morgan.

After his arrest, McCombs fled to Florida, where he was apprehended for allegedly committing another crime.

Last week, McCombs’ attorney filed to withdraw as council, as he had recently become aware of matters that could affect the outcome.

The judge granted the motion.

McCombs was reassigned to attorney Susan Park.


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