Deadly Hit and Run Trial Delayed
My dad was awesome, said Gabriel Morgan of Brevard. He was a great guitar player, he was my best friend.
Its been almost a year since Gabriel's father was killed but he said he's still waiting for justice. His 58-year-old father Jerry was killed in a hit-and-run wreck on Rosman Highway, December 26, 2012. Scott McCombs has been charged in the case, but his blood work that was sent to the State Bureau of Investigations crime lab in Raleigh. According to Gabriel, the blood work, nearly a year later, still hasnt been processed.
The lab shouldn't take up to a year to get toxicology reports back, said Gabriel. It takes five minutes to drop blood into a machine and then they can send the results back.
Our SBI lab has not kept up with the growth of the population in North Carolina, said Greg Newman, Transylvania Countys District Attorney. For whatever reason we just have inadequate facilities.
Newman said North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper, whos in charge of overseeing the lab, should do more. "I dont know why the situation has been able to develop into what it is now, but it is unacceptable," said Newman.
News 13 contacted Coopers office for questions about the backlog but did not get a response back.
In McCombs case its not only the test backlog, but concerns from people who said he's mentally unstable. The threat was conveyed to me, said Pastor Bill Vorhees of Morningside Baptist Church in Brevard. Vorhees said McCombs threatened him. He said he heard it through a mutual acquaintance. He said he was going to take me out and members of the congregation, said Voorhes.
McCombs children and wife who is divorcing him, are members of the church. News Thirteen spoke with McComb who confirmed he pled guilty to the threat charges Tuesday, but he said he plans to appeal. McComb said he has more than a week to change his mind. Vorhees and others have read other threats on McCombs Facebook
On November 15th he wrote: I will be making headline newz. Watch. Think its a game. Play with it." News 13 interviewed McCombs by phone. "I dont pose a credible threat to society and I dont believe Im a person that can possibly show an imminent danger to myself or anybody else," said McCombs.
News 13 spoke with Transylvania County Sheriff David Mahoney who said he felt McCombs is mentally unstable.
Gabriel Morgan remains angry at state leaders he said are ignoring justice for victim's like this father. Quit overlooking it, and get off your butt, and do something, said Morgan. We're hurting and its your responsibility to serve us.
by Kimberly King
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