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Fenner/WoFF pretrial motions postponed to May

Fenner/WoFF pretrial motions postponed to May

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N.C. — Despite the best intentions for the pretrial motions of the case of the State of North Carolina versus Brooke Covington to be heard this week, the hearing has now been postponed until May 19, 2017 at 2 p.m. Superior Court Judge Gary Gavenus who heard two cases including a jury trial […]

Fenner/Woff case pre-trial hearing to be heard this week

Fenner/Woff case pre-trial hearing to be heard this week

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N.C. — The pretrial motions of the case of the State of North Carolina versus Brooke Covington was to be heard in front of Superior Court Judge Gary Gavenus Monday morning. However, a new motion to continue the hearing was filed by defense attorney David Teddy, counsel for Brooke Covington. While Judge Gavenus […]

Matthew Fenner/WoFF case hearing rescheduled; trial date projected

Matthew Fenner/WoFF case hearing rescheduled; trial date projected

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N.C. — Yesterday Assistant District Attorney Garland F. Byers, Jr. filed to amend the notice of hearing for the State of N.C. (Matthew Fenner witness) versus Brooke McFadden Covington case to now be heard on April 24, 2017. The Word of Faith Fellowship, Inc. and their counsel were also notified for the State’s motion […]

Fenner hearing to request jury view of Word of Faith Fellowship premises

Fenner hearing to request jury view of Word of Faith Fellowship premises

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N.C.  — As the Matthew Fenner case involving alleged abuse by former and current Word of Faith Fellowship members progresses, Assistant District Attorney Garland Byers, Jr. has filed a motion for jury view of the alleged crime scene. The location of the crime is alleged to be the grounds, buildings, and facilities of […]

Notice of intention to introduce evidence in Covington/Fenner trial given

Notice of intention to introduce evidence in Covington/Fenner trial given

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N.C. — Assistant District Attorney Garland Byers, Jr. filed notice of Intention to Introduce Evidence in The State of N.C. versus Brooke Covington in the upcoming criminal trial. Specifically Byers has listed evidence of a statement or statements made by the defendant in the notice sent to the defendant’s attorney. No details were […]

Fenner/Brooke Covington Hearing scheduled for May 22, 2017

Fenner/Brooke Covington Hearing scheduled for May 22, 2017

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N.C. — Assistant District Attorney Garland F. Byers, Jr. has called for a hearing to hear the pre-trial motions for the State of N.C.’s case against Brooke McFadden Covington on May 22, 2017. The State’s key witness is Matthew Fenner who alleges that he was assaulted by five then members of Word of […]

No agreement for venue or judge selection in Fenner/WoFF case

No agreement for venue or judge selection in Fenner/WoFF case

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N.C. — After months of negotiations with the five attorneys representing the defendants in the Matthew Fenner/Word of Faith Fellowship (WoFF) members’ and former members’ cases, Assistant District Attorney Garland Byers, Jr. found they could not reach an agreement concerning the issue of venue as well as a motion to have Judge Marvin […]

Cleveland County Social Worker associated with WoFF investigation resigns

Cleveland County Social Worker associated with WoFF investigation resigns

SHELBY, N.C. — The Associated Press reports that the attorney for a NC child welfare agency states the social worker Lori Cornelius named in previous AP articles on Word of Faith Fellowship has resigned. Cornelius was accused of sabotaging a 2015 child abuse investigation of WoFF. Cornelius’ resignations states that she decided to move on […]

AP releases Spindale forum video

AP releases Spindale forum video

SPINDALE — The Associated Press (AP) has released a short video clip of Saturday’s former Word of Faith Fellowship members forum. https://apnews.com/989ba38ec56d41b18c935751ab178de0/Former-Church-Members-Discuss-Abuse-Allegations

25th District Attorney responds to AP WoFF story

25th District Attorney responds to AP WoFF story

BURKE COUNTY, N.C. — According to WKHY Talk Radio, the 25th District Attorney’s office response to a story released by the Associated Press (AP)containing states regarding reports of misdeeds by two of its prosecutors.  Frank Webster and Chris Back, assistant District Attorneys (ADA) in the 25th District are ministers with the Word of Faith Fellowship […]

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