Tests show New Bern mayor did not have alcohol in his system when pulled for DWI

Published: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 04:55 PM.

Scott Thomas, district attorney, said the special prosecutor assigned to the case by the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts is Isaac T. Avery III, of Raleigh.

Thomas made the request May 9 and it was granted on the same day.

“This type of request is routinely granted where a district attorney believes there is a potential conflict in prosecuting a particular individual,” Thomas said in a press release Wednesday. “My office has a potential conflict in prosecuting the case due to the fact that Mr. Bettis is a criminal defense attorney in this district who regularly handles cases in the criminal courts of this district, both retained and appointed. He has frequent interaction with me and members of my staff in his professional capacity as an attorney representing his clients. It appears this case will be contested and will most likely result in a trial.”

Avery was out of his office this week and could not be reached.

Bettis’ court date is July 18 in the Havelock courtroom of Craven District Court.

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