Judge recuses in Guffey sign theft case

District attorney Ted Bell with Wayne Guffey and Josh Valentine with Kerrick Hudson face Judge in court earlier in May.

Defendant Hudson leans in to confer with defense attorney Josh Farmer.

RUTHERFORDTON — District court Judge Rob Martelle recused himself yesterday in the case of the Candidate for Sherriff Wayne Guffy sign theft. Word of Faith member Kerrick Hudson is accused with the removal of a campaign sign. Hudson’s appearance near the sign was captured on a “deer” camera that is activated by motion.

Acording to the NC G.S. 136-32:

Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. The Department of Transportation may remove any signs erected without authority or allowed to remain beyond the deadline established in subsection (b) of this section. (b) Compliant Political Signs Permitted.

(Editor’s note: Hudson was implicated in the WoFF assault case of Matthew Lowery. March  2012 – The names of the church members who were involved in this case are Adam Sudano, Kerrick Hudson, (redacted name- a minor), Warren McKnight, Mark Morris and Chris Hall. Mr. Lowry did not stated (state) which subjects hit him.)

Joshua Farmer, attorney for the Word of Faith Fellowship church, is representing Hudson. Farmer requested a bench trial.

District Attorney Ted Bell, with input from Wayne Guffey, set the trial date for Friday, May 4, 2018. A special judge will be brought in to hear the case as judges in Rutherford County have recused themselves from Word of Faith Fellowship matters.