Man seeks dismissal of Internet gambling charges

Published: Friday, March 21, 2014 at 11:23 PM.

Muse testified that he never spoke with his attorney to see if operation of the machines was legal, but did speak with Craven County Sheriff Jerry Monette regarding the issue. Muse said he relied on Monette’s opinion before he paid the licenses.

“I believed that there were legal,” Muse said, but admitted “He said he couldn’t interpret the law.”

Havelock Police investigator Chris Morning testified that he traveled to Fayetteville to consult with members of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office regarding the legality of gambling machines. Further consultations were held with the state attorney general’s office and the local district attorney regarding how to respond after a N.C. State Supreme Court ruling that made certain gaming machines illegal.

“We came back with what we had learned and decided to begin a criminal investigation,” Morning said.

Chestnut asked if Morning then went to machine operators to warn them that they ought to pull the machines out.

“I was told to my face ‘Charge me and let’s find out what happens in court,” Morning said.

Havelock Chief of Police G. Wayne Cyrus said that after the state Supreme Court ruling, a letter was sent to all of the establishments in the city where the machines were being operated that changes in the legality of the machines could be around the corner.

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