PEMBROKE — Tony Hunt, the tribal administrator for the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina and a Hoke County commissioner, will be in court early in January to answer to domestic violence charges, a spokesperson for the Hoke County District Court said Wednesday.
According to the court spokesperson, the District Court in Hoke County will convene on Jan. 7.
“Of course it does not mean that the (Hunt) case will be heard on that day,” she said.
Hunt was arrested late last month on charges centering around an incident with his estranged wife. He was charged with felonious larceny from person and misdemeanor counts of assault on a female, assault by pointing a gun, communicating threats, resist/obstruct/delay an officer and carrying a concealed weapon.
Hoke County Sheriff Hubert Peterkin reportedly told The Fayetteville Observer that Hunt was arrested after going to the home of his estranged wife. The couple have been separated since July. A gun was reportedly involved, but the sheriff did not give details.
Hunt declined earlier this week to discuss the incident with a reporter from The Robesonian.
Hunt has been serving as the Lumbee Tribe’s administrator since May. He is an educator and former candidate for the position of Lumbee tribal chairman, the position now held by Paul Brooks.
Last week during a meeting of the Lumbee Tribal Council’s Housing Committee, council members voted to recommend that Hunt be placed on administrative leave without pay until the charges against him are resolved.
Brooks, who hired Hunt as tribal administrator, was out of town on Wednesday. He said through a tribal spokesman that he would not comment on the council’s recommendation. Hunt is currently overseeing the daily operations of the tribal government.