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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