While going to court is certainly nothing new for the fired Teen Mom 2 dad and his wife Jenelle Evans, this time may be a little different, as David will be facing a judge known for being an advocate for kids in child abuse cases.
The Ashley can exclusively reveal that David will face Judge Bryan Wilson when he heads to court on Wednesday to answer to the misdemeanor child abuse charge against him. (He has not yet entered a plea, but will likely do so on Wednesday in court.) Judge Wilson is a new judge who was just sworn into the bench in January. Before becoming a District 13 judge in North Carolina, Judge Wilson worked tirelessly for kids involved in abuse, neglect and similar types of cases.
“As a District Guardian Ad Litem Attorney Advocate….I represent nearly every child in DSS custody across our three counties,” Judge Wilson wrote on his campaign Facebook page last year. “It has truly been an honor being their voice and serving to protect their best interest throughout the most difficult times in their young lives as their families navigate our court proceedings.”
(In his role as GAL Attorney Advocate, Judge Wilson would help the volunteers appointed to be kids’ Guardian Ad Litems to testify on the child’s behalf. He would also work to monitor kids involved in these types of cases.)
“I have served our communities as the Guardian Ad Litem Attorney for the district for nearly two years ensuring our children’s voices are heard in the courtroom. It has truly been my honor to serve in this capacity,” Judge Wilson told Star News Online in October 2022.
While David will almost certainly have his trusty wife, Jenelle, by his side when he faces the judge, it appears that he won’t have an attorney.
The Columbus County Clerk of Courts told The Ashley on Monday that, currently, there is no attorney listed for David for his child abuse case. The court docket for the case confirms this as well. (Obviously, that can change if he hires one between now and then; and it is possible that he recently hired one and the county’s system hasn’t been updated.)
However, as of press time, David is preparing to face the judge while representing himself.
As The Ashley previously reported, David was notified when he received his official court summons that, if he fails to show up for the court date on Wednesday, an order of arrest may be issued and he can be held in contempt of court.
The official court summons issued in late October claims that David “willingly” harmed Jace during the alleged September incident.
“[David] unlawfully and willingly did, being the parents of Jace V Evans, who was a child, less than 16 years of age, inflict physical injury on that child,” the court document states. “The physical injury inflicted caused marks on [Jace’s] right arm, and left and right side of the neck, and was inflicted by other than accidental means.”
According to North Carolina law, misdemeanor child abuse– Class A1— is described as the following: “Any parent of a child less than 16 years of age, or any other person providing care to or supervision of such child, who inflicts physical injury, or who allows physical injury to be inflicted, or who creates or allows to be created a substantial risk of physical injury, upon or to such child by other than accidental means.”
Jenelle has not been charged with any crime in relation to the alleged assault on Jace. However, she will likely be in court one day before David, for a hearing regarding the custody situation for Jace.
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