Some charges against former animal shelter director dropped in Davidson County

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Marsha Williams

DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — Some charges against the former director of the Guilford County and Davidson County animal shelters have been dropped.

Marsha Williams was charged in Davidson Couty with two counts of felony obstruction of justice, felony cruelty to animals, felony maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for controlled substances and felony possession of scheduled or controlled substances in September 2015.

On April 12, the charges related to controlled substances were dismissed, Davidson County Clerk of Courts Brian Shipwash said.

The charges were dismissed because a lab analysis determined they were not controlled substances under state law, according to Davidson County District Attorney Garry Frank. They were considered controlled substances under federal law.

Williams was charged because the District Attorney’s office was told by investigating agencies that the substances were controlled.

Frank did not know what the substances were.

Williams still faces the obstruction of justice and cruelty to animals charges.