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Court cases of interest get trial dates

By Erin Smith

Two court cases of interest in Bladen County now have trial dates for Bladen County Superior Court. A third case has not yet received a trial date.

The case of David Wayne Gore of Wilmington has been assigned a trial date of May 9, 2019. Gore, who is the owner of Gore’s Marine in Wilmington, is facing a charge of felony second degree murder for the shooting death of Allen Blanchard, also of Wilmington, which occurred on Christmas weekend 2017.

Gore is represented by Buddy Allard of the Hewlett, Collins and Allard, LLP law firm in Wilmington.

According to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, Gore came to Bladen County on Saturday, December 23rd, 2017, in search of a stolen boat. According to reports, the boat, which was stolen from Gore Marine, was valued at $200,000.

Gore was following up on a tip that the boat had been spotted on NC 210 near Bladen County, according to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office. He had stopped at a saw mill on NC 210, which was formerly operated by Squires Timber, and was walking around it when he encountered Ryan Ciro Thau and Blanchard. Thau and Blanchard were reported to have been loading scrap metal into a truck at the abandoned mill when Gore confronted them and an altercation ensued. During the altercation, Blanchard was shot by Gore. Blanchard was airlifted from the scene to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, where he later succumbed to his injuries.

MacKenzie Brisson, who is charged in a November 2017 standoff with law enforcement, has been assigned a trial date of July 15, 2019.  He is represented by Defense Attorney Harold “Butch” Pope of Whiteville.

Resident Bladen County Superior Court Judge Douglas Sasser ruled in December 2018 that Parker is competent to stand trial. Parker is facing a charge of first-degree murder for the stabbing death of 78-year-old John Robert Cole at Cole’s home in Elizabethtown on October 19, 2015.

The case of Delane Jackson does not yet have a new court date.

“We’ve finally gotten all of the documents Mr. Pope has been requesting,” said Bladen County District Attorney Quentin McGee.

Those requested documents are now being reviewed and a new court date will be announced. Jackson is also represented by Defense Attorney Pope.

Also on Monday’s Bladen County Superior Court docket, Michael Borders had his case continued until June 3rd. He is facing a charge of possession with the intent to manufacture/sell/deliver a schedule IV controlled substance. Borders also received a court appointed attorney when Judge Tanya Wallace appointed Defense Attorney Wall.

The case of Stephen Linderman was continued until June 3rd. Judge Wallace appointed Defense Attorney Kyle Melvin to represent Linderman. He is facing a charge of trafficking in methamphetamine, maintaining a vehicle/dwelling place for a controlled substance, and conspiracy to traffic meth.

The case of Christopher Brooks Hester was continued until June 3rd. He is facing charges of breaking and entering a motor vehicle, obtaining property by false pretenses, two counts of possession of a stolen firearm, one felony count of possession of schedule II controlled substance, one misdemeanor count of simple possession of schedule II controlled substance, two misdemeanor counts of simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance, and one misdemeanor count of a schedule VI controlled substance.

The case of Carrie Simmons was continued until May 6th. She is facing charges of trafficking in methamphetamine, maintaining a vehicle/dwelling place for a controlled substance, and conspiracy to traffic meth.

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