On Friday, I spent a lot of time waiting — more than an hour in the Durham Clerk of Superior Court’s office, another 45 minutes in the back of a courtroom and a few more minutes waiting for a judge to deliver a decision I’ve been waiting on for more than 60 days.
That afternoon, I — along with The Daily Tar Heel’s Director of Enterprise Sarah Glen — asked Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood to unseal a search warrant in the case of slain UNC junior Faith Danielle Hedgepeth.
But after his decision to reseal the warrant, we’ll have to wait 45 more days.
The search warrant was sealed on Sept. 11 — four days after Hedgepeth was found dead in her apartment. The warrant was under a 60-day sealing order, meaning it should have been publicly available on Nov. 10.
This is what led Sarah and I to the Durham County Courthouse on Friday, determined to come back with some sort of information about what led to Hedgepeth’s violent end.
We first went to the Clerk of Court’s Office and requested the warrant. After more than an hour of waiting, we were told that Hobgood had taken the case file, and we might not be able to get the warrant that day.
Somewhere along the way, we agreed to be the witnesses at a wedding. Congratulations, Matt and Agatha.
We then waited in Hobgood’s courtroom for about an hour to talk to him about the warrant.
After criminal matters wrapped up, he pointed to us and asked us to come forward.