You asked: No court date scheduled in Gibson case

Published 5:09 am Saturday, July 23, 2011

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You asked: What’s the latest on the Courtland woman accused of attempting to run over a Murfreesboro police officer?

MURFREESBORO, N.C.—Martha Gibson, a Courtland artist, nearly a year ago was indicted in Hertford County Superior Court on felony charges that she twice attempted to run over a Murfreesboro, N.C., police officer.

No court date had been scheduled as of Friday, according to assistant court clerk Leigh Ann Mann. However, by early August a schedule of trials for the Sept. 6 term of court will be available.

That doesn’t mean Gibson will be scheduled for September, Mann said.

The 46-year-old is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and assault with a deadly weapon on a government official. She also was charged with misdemeanor counts of simple assault, resisting arrest and communicating threats.

Gibson was arrested on July 11, 2010, after an apparent dispute among family members spilled onto the street. There, an officer was allegedly forced to fire two shots at a tire on the vehicle Gibson was driving after he was nearly run over.

When police arrived at the home, Gibson was seen inside a parked van. As the officer approached the front of the vehicle, Gibson allegedly began to steer the vehicle in his direction. The officer stepped out of the way and drew his weapon, ordering the driver to stop before firing two shots. Gibson allegedly refused to follow the officer’s repeated requests and steered the vehicle again at the officer.

Assistant District Attorney Assata Buffaloe determines which cases are scheduled for court, Mann said. Buffaloe could not be reached on Friday.

Mann said she normally receives the schedule 30 days before the trial term. The schedule, however, will not outline Gibson’s intentions.

“I don’t know if it will be for a trial or a plea,” Mann said.