Former Assistant District Attorney Accused of Corruption

Davidson County Former Assistant DA Accused of Corruption

DAVIDSON COUNTY, NC- The word "unlawful" is being associated with someone trusted with, upholding the law. A former assistant District Attorney in Davidson County and a candidate for District Court Judge is facing multiple felony charges for allegedly bribing a judge.

Wendy Joyce Terry is accused of promising to contribute $20,000 dollars to Judge April Wood campaign if Wood convinced her husband, Jeffery Berg not to run against Terry.

Berg and Terry both announced their candidacies for Regular Resident Superior court Judge, District 22B.

The incident allegedly happened on July 23rd, 2015 where Terry allegedly sent the campaign promise to Wood via a text message.

The indictment reads that Terry "unlawfully, willfully and feloniously did make a promise and attempted to give the campaign of Judge April C. Wood $20,000 dollars to buy the office of Regular Resident Superior Court Judgeship."

Terry is now charged with two counts of felony obstructing justice, two counts of felony buying and selling offices, attempt to obtain property by false pretense and attempt to violate campaign contribution limitation. The maximum campaign contribution allowed by law is $5,100 dollars.

Another insert from the indictment reads the promise was done with "deceit and the intent to defraud."

Terry served as an ADA in Davidson County for 10 years. Garry Frank, the county District Attorney learned of the incident at the end of July. On July 27th, Frank placed Terry on administrative leave and requested an SBI investigation.

Wilkes County District Attorney Tom Horner was asked to handle advising the SBI and to be the contact person for developing the investigation. Horner would also be responsible for prosecuting, in order to avoid any conflict of interest with Davidson County.

Frank said, "This is all so that there could be no indication of any behind the scenes shuffling of anything."

On the topic of handing over the investigation as soon as he learned of the allegations, Frank said, "The conduct of anyone is capable of being investigated and no one is above the law. From the very moment I learned of it, she was put on leave so that she would no longer be making any decisions relative to the prosecution of cases or anything like that."

Terry resigned on September 8th.

 "It's difficult, someone that's been with you so long," said Frank. "She did a lot of good things for the office. She was the project Safe Neighborhood coordinator for our office for LPD and worked hard on that. A number of officers really considered her there go to person for questions."

Frank said he is currently interviewing other candidates for her position.

A message was left with Terry, but WFMY News 2 has yet to receive a response. 


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