Judge Releases Pregnant Woman From Mecklenburg County Jail Due To Virus Outbreak

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A North Carolina federal judge has released an inmate who is eight months pregnant from a Charlotte-based jail that has seen dozens of coronavirus cases.

On Tuesday it was reported that the woman’s lawyer had asked U.S. Magistrate Judge David Keesler to release her because of an outbreak in the Mecklenburg County Jail.

Brittany Cowick was among a group of federal inmates who asked the courts to reconsider their detention after four dozen Mecklenburg inmates tested positive for COVID-19.

Cowick left the jail last week and is on house arrest at her mother’s home in Lenoir. She still faces trial on drug charges that federal prosecutors say are connected a methamphetamine ring in Burke and Caldwell counties.

“Obviously you knew what the numbers were in the jail,” defense attorney Reggie McKnight told the Observer. “I had the obligation to make this argument. I’m glad the courts took the time to hear both sides.”