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New assistant DA hired for western counties

New assistant DA hired for western counties

District Attorney Ashley Hornsby Welch announced Wednesday that Michael Macht has joined the 43rd Prosecutorial District as an assistant district attorney.

Based in Haywood County, Macht will work districtwide — across the seven westernmost counties — as needed. 

“Mike comes with an enormous amount of experience in criminal law,” Welch said. “I’m excited to add him to the team.”

District Court Judge Monica Leslie swore in Macht last week. The district has an office in each of the seven counties and, with the addition of Macht, 42 employees, including 13 prosecutors.

Macht attended Catawba College in Salisbury. After graduating with a degree in political science and a minor in pre-law, he attended Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania. He earned his Juris Doctor degree in 2005. 

After law school, Macht moved to Asheville, where he worked as a Buncombe County public defender. In 2008, he started his own law practice, specializing in criminal defense, juvenile defense, guardianship and personal injury work.

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  • And yet none of these people are in Haywood county!!!!!!!! where a man has been released countless times with beating multiple women, after serious domestic violence acts including felony strangulation, attempted arson while family in home, stalking ex's children, causing misscarege from beatings, and all with 4 women. (One who now is unaccounted for still) Last female had 11 charges at court with an officer sitting with defendant to arrest him, and the assistant district attorney Jeneka plea bargained with dropping 8 and letting him walk with a year probation. I spoke with this woman personally who suffers from PTSD from his mental and physical abuse and she informed me that the Assistant DA even had a video, over 10 mins long, of this man talking about "killing her" and "throwing her body over the bridge" I wonder, if with over 40 employees in the DA and new "Mr Macht"7 how it is that something like this is making anyone feel safe in Haywood county. (Who I've personally never seen in Haywood county courts)
    This womans story is one of many many women with this man as well as others in Haywood. Two women are pregnant by their abbusers. One who's still not been able to locate, and countless others that have face homelessness and forced to survive with nothing... Where is REACH well they are available but not when the decide the victim is no longer the current victim and give up helping.
    Glad to know this article was posted some time ago and yet these current issues are still happening! I wish I could spread the word for these women publicly but I'm quite honestly scared for my own safety with some of these men. God I pray someone helps our victims of Haywood county.

    posted by N meeks

    Saturday, 05/01/2021

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