The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

December 3, 2012

Attorney general checks accusations against Currie

Man in child custody case says lawyer pulled gun on family

By Justin Jones, Staff Writer

Monday, December 3, 2012 — An Albemarle defense attorney is under investigation by the State Attorney General’s Office, according to the Department of Justice’s Public Information Officer.

The attorney, Patrick Currie, has been accused of pointing a handgun at Nolan Deas, Deas’ father and young son.  

According to Noelle Talley at the Department of Justice, the case is under review.

“Attorneys with our Special Prosecutions Division have agreed to review this case at the request of the District Attorney,” Talley said through e-mail response.

Talley said it was her understanding that Albemarle Police were handling the investigation.

Late Friday afternoon, Albemarle Police Chief William Halliburton did confirm that his department was first contacted by Deas  on Nov. 16, when Deas said the incident occurred. Halliburton confirmed that Deas told police Currie pointed a handgun at Deas and the others that were with him.

“We did investigate it, and we did turn it over to the DA (District Attorney’s) office who in turn, turned it over to the attorney general,” Halliburton said.

“It’s now in their investigative phase.”

But that could change if Albemarle Police are contacted to continue further in their own investigation at the aid of the attorney general.

As to the specifics of the incident and their report, Halliburton said he could not comment as other agencies continue their own investigations.

Currie was contacted, and  after not being available for immediate comment, left his comment by phone.

“I have done nothing wrong,” Currie said.

“I have cooperated fully in the investigation against me. And the allegations against me are completely untrue.”

Deas told other news sources that Currie was representing his ex-wife in a custody case, and that he had visited Currie’s office to gather some related documents.

As of Saturday morning, Deas could not be reached for comment.