DOBSON — Mount Airy resident William Neal Shelton filed another civil lawsuit against N.C. Rep. Sarah Stevens, D-90.
This time around the list of defendants has grown to include 10 public figures and agencies in addition to Stevens, who was elected Speaker Pro Tem of the N.C. House of Representatives in January.
Those named in the suit are the State of North Carolina, Rockingham County, Surry County, the N.C. Attorney General’s Office, the Rockingham County District Attorney’s Office, the Surry County District Attorney’s Office, former Attorney General Roy Cooper, former Rockingham County District Attorney Phil Berger Jr., former Rockingham County Assistant District Attorney Kay Gregg, and Surry County District Attorney Ricky Bowman.
Stevens and her law partner, Zachary Brintle, had represented Shelton’s now ex-wife Kimberly Hiatt Shelton in their divorce.
Shelton’s various claims in the suit stem from his arrest in April 2013 for allegedly writing a letter threatening violence against Stevens and other local officials.
He was charged at that time with several felony violations and was held in the Surry County Detention Center on those charges until January 2014.
Shelton alleges he was illegally and wrongfully incarcerated during that period “in order to deprive the plaintiff of his rights and ability to handle or self represent himself in ongoing divorce proceedings,” he states in the suit.
The divorce had been finalized while Shelton was in jail.
The charges were eventually dismissed due to inconclusive handwriting results from FBI analysis, according to court documents.
In the 19-page lawsuit,…
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