10/15/13 — Charges released in case of ex-deputy

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Charges released in case of ex-deputy

By John Joyce
Published in News on October 15, 2013 1:46 PM

Records obtained from the Wayne County Office of the Clerk of Courts spell out the charges against former Wayne County Sheriff's deputy Randy Avon Thompson.

Charges were officially filed against Thompson, 34, on Friday after an SBI investigation led to a grand jury indictment on four counts of obstruction of justice and four counts of altering, stealing or destroying evidence. Both crimes are felonies.

Beginning in November 2011 and into the summer of 2012, Thompson allegedly stole money seized as evidence in cases being investigated by the Sheriff's Office.

The former K-9 officer allegedly stole the money from, and also did not log money into, the evidence locker at the Sheriff's Office in the amounts of $2,490, $436, $280, and $195, according to the documents.

Judge Jack Jenkins assigned a court-appointed lawyer to represent Thompson, who showed up without counsel for his first appearance Monday in Superior Court.

Thompson told the court he could not afford to hire a lawyer, and after disclosing his finances to the court, the judge agreed.

Attorney Jonathan Faulk has been assigned to the case. Thompson's next court date is scheduled for Nov. 6 at 2 p.m.