Defense for former sheriff's secretary prepares for trial

Published 12:00 am Friday, July 22, 2011

By Shavonne Potts
Salisbury Attorney James Davis has requested several pieces of information he says are key to his case as he defends former Rowan County Sheriff’s secretary Kathy Hudgins on felony embezzlement charges.
Hudgins was charged in 2010 with eight counts of embezzling more than $56,000 from the Sheriff’s Office. For several years, Hudgins was the personal secretary to Sheriff George Wilhelm, who retired in November.
Hudgins resigned on June 17, 2008. The investigation by SBI officials began nearly three years ago. Hudgins was indicted last year. Indictments claim she took cash from payments for concealed carry and pistol purchase permits throughout a five-year period.
Superior Court Judge Don Bridges listened to Davis in court today as he read through multiple motions asking for prosecutor Jim Coman to provide evidence to the case, including a detailed explanation of an independent audit that was done some time ago.
Coman is an attorney with the state Attorney General’s Office.