Indictment Alleges Defendant Tried To Pay Witness To Change Story

A Smithfield man about to stand trial on criminal charges is facing more problems after he allegedly offered to pay a witness money to change her story.

On April 6, 2017, Smithfield Police said Vincent Stevens of Smith Street was involved in a domestic altercation with his ex-girlfriend. The female victim left her home to obtain a warrant against Stevens. While she was away from her residence, Stevens allegedly broke in then kicked in the door to a bedroom where he pushed the victim’s daughter into a wall.

Police charged Stevens with breaking and entering to terrorize and damage to property.

With the trial date approaching, the 50 year-old defendant allegedly called a witness and offered to pay them money if they would go to the District Attorney and claim they mistakenly identified Stevens as the suspect.

A Johnston County Grand Jury indicted Stevens on a felony count of obstruction of justice for committing acts that would prevent, obstruct, impede or hinder justice.