In this 1996 photo, current Gaston County District Attorney Locke Bell, right, congratulates David Ward for winning the Republican nomination for Gaston County commissioner from South Point Township. Bell prosecuted Ward this week on seven felonies related to Ward taking money customers had pre-paid for loved ones’ funeral expenses and using it on himself. Ward pled guilty to all of the charges.
In this 1996 photo, current Gaston County District Attorney Locke Bell, right, congratulates David Ward for winning the Republican nomination for Gaston County commissioner from South Point Township. Bell prosecuted Ward this week on seven felonies related to Ward taking money customers had pre-paid for loved ones’ funeral expenses and using it on himself. Ward pled guilty to all of the charges. DAVID T. FOSTER, III dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
In this 1996 photo, current Gaston County District Attorney Locke Bell, right, congratulates David Ward for winning the Republican nomination for Gaston County commissioner from South Point Township. Bell prosecuted Ward this week on seven felonies related to Ward taking money customers had pre-paid for loved ones’ funeral expenses and using it on himself. Ward pled guilty to all of the charges. DAVID T. FOSTER, III dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

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