RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N.C. — District Attorney Ted Bell confirmed today that Assistant District Attorney Garland F. Byers, Jr. has tendered his resignation to become effective 12-31-2017.
“The move back into private practice is something that I have contemplated for some time,” said Byers.
Byers has been the prosecutor for the Word of Faith Fellowship cases after the indictments were made in January 2015. The cases stem from a January 2013 incident involving Matthew Fenner who alleges he has been assaulted, strangled, and kidnapped at the Word of Faith Fellowship sanctuary. The Word of Faith Fellowship case has garnered national and international attention and inspired other investigations into alleged “human trafficking, unemployment fraud, and child abuse” by state and federal organizations.
Byers has been an Assistant District Attorney for both current D.A. Bell and former district attorney Brad Greenway. Before attaining his law license, Byers worked in law enforcement and then as the investigator for former district attorney Jeff Hunt.
“I wish Garland the best in his future endeavors,” said District Attorney Ted Bell.
When questioned about the WoFF cases, Bell offered only, “I’ll be resuming the prosecution of those cases.”