All hell is apparently breaking loose at the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office involving Sheriff Burnis Wilkins.
Late Thursday night, two Robeson County Sheriff’s Department deputies contacted The North Carolina Beat and disputed the firing of Investigator Darryl McPhatter, saying Wilkins knows McPhatter wasn’t responsible for failing to introduce DNA evidence in a 2016 rape case involving Michael Mclellan.
Sources tell The North Carolina Beat that ever since Wilkins took office, he’s been falsely accusing and disciplining staff members, claiming that former Sheriff Kenneth Sealey never had the “balls” to do it.
I’ve been working with McPhatter for over 5 years and that man is full of character and integrity. He would never put a victim of such a heinous crime in more pain than they already are. I was here when that case that involves Michael McLellan was going on in 2016, and McPhatter didn’t have anything to do with that case, one deputy said.
We have to ask: Even if McPhatter was responsible for withholding DNA evidence, why didn’t Sheriff Wilkins also fire former Sheriff Kenneth Sealey since Darryl McPhatter and Anthony Thompson (Other Deputy Involved) were both under his leadership? That’s the real question that no one will answer.
McPhatter took to social media early Friday morning to respond to his termination:
I never received a DNA hit in 2017 on a rape case I was working in 2016. Administration knows the DNA hit from the DNA hit from the 2016 case was located in someone else’s office along with other DNA hits from other cases and it was never passed over to me.
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