News and Press Releases from the DA's Office

Below you will find information about the latest pleas, trials, and important developments in Burke, Caldwell, and Catawba Counties. As an office, we are bound by the Rules of Professional Conduct for all North Carolina attorneys, and special rules for prosecutors. Therefore, we often only comment on cases after final disposition.

For all media inquiries and requests, for all three counties, please contact Nathan Key by phone: 828-695-6193 or email: Nathan.D.Key@nccourts.org.


Pay Tribute To Peace Officers

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a bill into law proclaiming May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day. Each year, our nation is asked to pay tribute to the brave local, state and federal peace officers who have died … Read More

Tutus And Combat Boots

Several participants from the Catawba County Veterans’ Treatment Court participated in the annual Tutus and Combat Boots 5K Run/Walk held at L.P. Frans Stadium in Hickory on Saturday, May 11, 2024. The 5K benefits Eagle Rock Camp, a non-profit that … Read More

Recognizing Administrative Professionals Day

The Catawba County District Attorney’s Office legal staff recently enjoyed an afternoon Scavenger Hunt and lunch in honor of Administrative Professionals Day. The day recognizes the work of secretaries, administrative assistants, receptionists and other administrative support professionals. Central to any … Read More

Building Teamwork For Recovery Courts In District 36

Members of the 36th Prosecutorial District Attorney’s Office participated in the second annual Recovery Court Kickball Tournament on Saturday, May 4, 2024, at Catawba Meadows Park in Morganton. Assistant District Attorney Austin Foster played for the Burke County Recovery Court … Read More

Showing Support For The Prevention Of Child Abuse

Members of the Catawba County District Attorney’s Office wore blue clothing on Friday, April 5, 2024, to support the Children’s Advocacy and Protection Center of Catawba County in its efforts to help prevent child abuse. April is National Child Abuse … Read More

Cochran Joins Catawba County Office As Newest ADA

Drew Cochran is the newest prosecutor for the 36th Prosecutorial District, joining the Catawba County office in Newton. He was sworn in as Catawba’s newest assistant district attorney on Wednesday, March 6, 2024, by District Court Judge Amy Sigmon Walker. … Read More