Public Defender Recognizes Members of Committee on Indigent Appointments

From Sam Snead, Chief Public Defender: As the chair of the Buncombe County Committee on Indigent Appointments, I’d like to thank the new and existing members for agreeing to serve over the next two years. They are returning members Reid Gonella, Jason Gast and William Auman, and new members James Rice, Michael Casterline and Courtney Booth. Your wisdom and experience is invaluable and will preserve the strength of indigent defense in our county. I look forward to working with you over the next two years. Our local Indigent Appointment Plan was updated December 7, 2020 and is available here.

Welcome To New Assistant Public Defender Hanna Abernethy

The Buncombe County Public Defender welcomes Hannah Abernethy to the office as an Assistant Public Defender. Ms. Abernethy has been with the Forsyth County Public Defender’s Office for the past three years following her graduation from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 2017. Ms. Abernethy received her undergraduate degree in the history and communication studies at UNC-Chapel Hill. She grew up in Catawba County.