WoFF denies request of apology from Wheeler in trespassing case

RUTHERFORDTON — RC Catalyst has obtained a letter from attorney Noell Tin, representing Word of Faith Fellowship (WoFF) pastor Jane Whaley and the church, stating that the church has not offered to drop the trespassing case for an apology.

The plaintiffs had notified the Attorney General’s office that they may considered a deferred prosecution. A deferred prosecution, according to Tin, often involves an admission of guilt and a time of probation.

David Wheeler, a local businessman and candidate for NC Senate, placed an online poll on his Facebook page asking readers to vote on whether he should apologize to the church or not. Tin contends that the consideration was for a deferred prosecution and no request for an apology was made. Tin’s letter is printed below.

The trespassing case of David Wheeler, John Huddle and Wayne Guffey onto Word of Faith Fellowship (WoFF) property was continued last Friday morning in Rutherford County District Court. Judge C. Randy Pool, chief district court judge for the 29A Judicial District, had received notification from the Attorney General’s (AG) prosecutor asking for a continuance. District Attorney Ted Bell had previously recused himself from prosecuting the case claiming a conflict of interest with candidate Wheeler. The case will now be heard on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018.

Wheeler was charged with second degree trespassing on the premises of WoFF, along with John Huddle who left the church in 2008, and Wayne Guffey, a 30-year law enforcement veteran who was a candidate for Rutherford County Sheriff.

A 2nd degree trespassing conviction is punishable by up to 20 days in jail and a $200 fine.