Woman found not guilty of pulling gun on Duke Energy employees
By Shavonne Walker
SALISBURY — A Salisbury woman charged in March after she was accused of pulling a gun out on two Duke Energy employees was found not guilty following a short trial.
Rowan County Sheriff’s officials said the employees told a deputy they went to a Mount Hope Church Road home where Jamie Michelle Euart Honeycutt, 46, lived to shut off her power.
Duke Energy employee Michael Buchannon called authorities, he said, because Honeycutt came at him and co-worker Devontae Keen with a Smith and Wesson .40-caliber gun. Buchannon said the woman approached his company vehicle and yelled at him about cutting off her power. He tried to talk to her, but she was irate, Buchannon told a deputy.
Honeycutt went inside and returned with her gun and told them “you are not going anywhere,” the report said.
Both of the men jumped into their Duke Energy vehicle. When the deputy arrived at the home, Honeycutt was still holding the weapon, a report said.
She told the deputy she didn’t know who they were and didn’t see the vehicle until she already had them at gunpoint. Buchannon said the vehicle was clearly marked as a Duke Energy vehicle.
Court records show she served one day in the Rowan County jail.
During the July 28 trial, Honeycutt pleaded not guilty and District Court Judge Marshall Bickett, who presided over the trial, found her not guilty. A few pieces of evidence were submitted including pictures of a vehicle.
Court records show Honeycutt’s firearm would be returned to her after the trial. No other specific details as to the trial were found in the court file. Honeycutt declined a request for comment.
Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.
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