RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N.C. — Judge Marvin Pope, Jr. made it official that the pre-trial motions for the State of North Carolina versus Adam Christopher Bartley will be heard in Rutherford County on Sept. 11, 2017.
Barley is one of the five then WoFF members accused of assault and kidnapping of Matthew Fenner at the Word of Faith Fellowship sanctuary on the evening of January 27, 2013. This will be the second case to be brought before a judge.
The trial of WoFF minister Brooke Covington ended in mistrial when the foreman of the jury, Perry Shade, destroyed the integrity of the jury by bringing in outside materials during jury deliberations. Due to the illness of defense attorney David Teddy that case has not yet been calendared.
Due to publicity during that trial and the recently released Associated Press articles revealing possible misconduct of lawyers, a social worker, former district attorney, and the sheriff and recent allegations of WoFF human trafficking, Judge Pope stated that it would be impossible to get an impartial jury in Rutherford County.
Therefore also to be heard is the judge’s own ex mero muto Motion of the Court to move the trial to another judicial district to ensure the State and Defendant a fair impartial trial by jury.