David Eason is fighting back against his child abuse charge.
The Ashley can exclusively confirm that the fired Teen Mom 2 star had his first court hearing to answer to the charge on Wednesday; however David has recently lawyered-up and did not have to appear. (Obviously, because David wasn’t there, his trusty wife, Jenelle Evans, was also not in attendance.)
Days ago, The Ashley reported that David did not have a lawyer, and according to what was said in court on Wednesday, that was true– up until Tuesday.
“It was said in court that David retained his attorney yesterday,” The Ashley’s source said.
William Gore, a lawyer from David’s attorney’s law firm appeared on David’s behalf, telling the judge that David’s actual attorney, Tara Gore, is on maternity leave until January 1 and that they would like to continue the case until then.
The judge— who, as The Ashley told you previously, has long been an advocate for kids in child abuse cases— agreed to the continuance.
The District Attorney agreed as well; however, the DA declined David’s attorney’s request to combine two court dates in one next time.
“The judge said multiple times during the court hearing that he likes to give each [defendant] one continuance and that’s all,” The Ashley’s court source told her.
If the name William Gore sounds familiar to longtime followers of the swampy saga that is David and Jenelle’s life, that’s because he has represented David in several court cases in the past. Most notable, William was David’s attorney during David and Jenelle’s 2019 custody fight to get their kids back. William also represented David when he caught criminal charges for allegedly pistol-whipping and threatening the life of James Spivey, a former friend of Jenelle, back in 2020.
David is next due back in court on January 18.
As The Ashley previously reported, David was notified when he received his official court summons that, if he failed 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. Because he now has a lawyer, it is legal for his attorney to appear on David’s behalf instead.
David’s official court summons— issued in late October— claims that David “willingly” harmed Jace in late September.
“[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.
The Ashley will update this story when more info is available…