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Greenville attorney David Sutton talks with the press outside of the courthouse after found not guilty of threatening and intimidating a Pitt County Sheriff's Office detective back in July. Thursday, March 13, 2014.   (Aileen Devlin/ The Daily Reflector)
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Greenville attorney David Sutton talks with the press outside of the courthouse after found not guilty of threatening and intimidating a Pitt County Sheriff's Office detective back in July. Thursday, March 13, 2014. (Aileen Devlin/ The Daily Reflector)

Sutton not guilty

By Kristin Zachary

The Daily Reflector

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A jury returned a not guilty verdict about 2:45 p.m. on felony charges against a Greenville attorney accused of threatening and intimidating in July a Pitt County Sheriff's Office detective.

David Sutton, 51, was found not guilty of intimidating a witness and obstruction of justice. He left a voice mail July 3, telling Detective Nikki Dolenti he would "whip your ass real bad next week" if she did not work to get a case against one of his clients dismissed. She was the lead investigating officer in the case.


Sutton maintains he was referring to beating the detective in court during proceedings the following week.

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LOTS of wasted time and money

LOTS of wasted time and money spent. I for one would want a lawyer like Mr.Sutton to help me if I needed one. He has a good heart and believes in justice for his clients. Yes, he should of said things a little differently, but again he was looking out for his client and her welfare. Isn't that what a good lawyer should do? Glad it is over and his client can move on..

Move to dismiss

Of course, my own observation of this case are strictly limited to what is written or broadcast in the media; nevertheless, based on the known facts as represented to the casual reader, it would appear that Mr. Sutton, although a little crude, has done nothing wrong in the big picture. In the sometimes rough and tumble legal world, I know that much worse language has occurred between lawyers, clients and constituents on many cases without incurring a lawsuit. Mr. Sutton, at least in my opinion, was just doing his job. I think that the prosecution is using the "thin skinned" approach to try to defend their own point-of-view by implying that he (Mr. Sutton) was trying to "intimidate" the detective on an already defunct case, in order to save face for the sheriff's department. C'mon guys, just grow up!

Move to dimiss

I agree with you all the way.

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Bless your heart
Bless your heart