Felony theft charge to be dismissed against former Salem Country Club manager

Editorial note: The case against Robert “Bo” Wright has been expunged and records of the arrest and court actions have been removed from law enforcement and court agencies.

MARION COUNTY — Marion County prosecutors have elected to not pursue a second jury trial against former Salem Country Club manager Robert “Bo” Wright, who was charged in 2014 with felony theft from the organization.

Wright was scheduled for a second trial in the case Monday in Clinton County. The first trial in Marion County ended in mistrial and a change of venue was granted for the retrial.

However, the trial date was vacated yesterday and a status hearing scheduled for October when the case will likely be dismissed.

A review of the evidence convinced prosecutors and country club board members that evidence likely wasn’t strong enough to convince a jury of Wright’s guilt.

Prosecutors had initially said an audit of Country Club accounts showed cash receipts not only dropped dramatically each month of Wright’s employment but that after his termination the receipts rebounded to their previous levels. But it was decided that the evidence could not prove that those numbers were due to Wright, or just a downturn in business.

Evidence presented at the first trial also showed large membership payments were given to Wright, but corresponding cash deposits were never made to reflect those payments were received.

A motion to dismiss was filed yesterday in a related lawsuit Wright filed against the country club after his arrest on the felony theft case. A phone conference on the lawsuit is scheduled for next week.