Gibson pleas ‘no contest’

Published 11:31 am Friday, June 1, 2012

WINTON – Nearly two years after the fact, a Courtland, VA woman faced justice here Tuesday.

In a session of Hertford County Superior Court, Martha Gibson pled no contest to two misdemeanor charges involving a July 11, 2010 incident where she twice attempted to run over a Murfreesboro Police officer.

According to court documents, Gibson pled to assault on a government official and communicating threats. She was originally charged with two misdemeanor counts of simple assault, one misdemeanor count of communicating threats, and felonious assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

Superior Court Judge Quentin Sumner of Rocky Mount accepted the plea and ordered Gibson to be placed on two years of supervised probation.

Gibson was represented by attorney Jack Warmack. Assistant District 6B Attorney Assata Buffaloe presented the case for the State of North Carolina.

The original charges against Gibson came following an apparent dispute among family members that spilled onto a Murfreesboro street. There an officer was allegedly forced to fire two shots at a tire on the vehicle Gibson was driving after he was nearly run over.

When police arrived at the home, Gibson was seen inside a parked van. As the officer approached the front of the vehicle, Gibson allegedly began to steer the vehicle in his direction. The officer stepped out of the way and drew his weapon, ordering the driver to stop before firing two shots. Gibson allegedly refused to follow the officer’s repeated requests and steered the vehicle again at the officer.

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Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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