GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The SBI and the State Attorney General’s Office are investigating a local attorney and a retired judge.
The SBI said the investigation into Greenville attorney Mark Owens III started back in 2014 and the Pitt County District Attorney’s Office initiated it.
Pitt County DA Kimberly Robb requested agents look into court documents after the DA’s office found irregularities in driving while impaired court cases.
The SBI said its investigation into Owens III has led it to work closely with the State Attorney General’s Office. The Attorney General got involved because the county DA’s office turned the case over because of a potential conflict.
After multiple attempts trying to reach Owens III, 9 On Your Side paid a visit to his office. We were told he wasn’t at the practice. His father, who is also a local attorney, didn’t wish to comment.
The SBI is also looking into the possible role retired Pitt County Judge Jim Martin may have played in the alleged irregularities.
9 On Your Side confirmed as of now that the investigation is also ongoing.
Martin’s attorney, Keith Williams, said, “Judge Jim Martin has met with investigators and we are answering all of their questions. We do not see any indication that he has violated any North Carolina laws.”
The SBI investigator did more witness interviews on Tuesday.
If any violations are found, it will be up to the State Attorney General’s Office or a District Attorney from another district to bring charges.
Due to the nature of this matter, a spokeswoman told 9 On Your Side the Attorney General’s Office couldn’t comment at this time.