Muse found not guilty in Havelock slot machine case

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Greg Muse was found not guilty on 15 counts of manufacturing or selling slot machines and one count of possessing a slot machine in Havelock.

Published: Monday, August 18, 2014 at 05:03 PM.

The owner of an amusement company was found not guilty Monday of charges that he manufactured and possessed slot machines.

Greg Muse, 52, of New Bern, owner of Craven Music Company, was exonerated of 15 counts of manufacturing or selling slot machines and one count of possessing a slot machine.

Judge Walter Mills made the ruling on Monday based on three-days of testimony during a trial that began with hearings in March.

“I am never trying to do anything outside the law,” Muse said after the ruling. “Over the years, I have tried to adapt my operation to be in compliance with the law. Nobody wants to fight the DA (district attorney), the police, the sheriff’s office. I have been in constant contact with them.”

Havelock police raided seven Havelock area businesses on Oct. 17, 2013, seizing 300 items of evidence that included 16 computerized gaming machines that they said were being operated in violation of state laws. Authorities said at the time that the raids were as a result of an 11-month investigation.

Subsequently, Muse, along with seven other people, mostly owners of convenience stores, a private club and pool hall, and a bingo establishment in which machines were located, were arrested and charged with possessing or operating slot machines.

At issue in the case was whether skill was required to operate the machines. Games of chance could be deemed illegal but a game in which skill is required could be determined to be legal. Also at issue was that the city of Havelock had issued licenses for $500 per machine for the operation of the machines in local businesses.



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