Police: Mooresville attorney charged with harboring fugitive

Iredell County Sheriff's Office 

A Mooresville attorney is facing multiple charges after he reportedly harbored a fugitive, according to the Iredell County Sheriff's Office. 

On Friday, Jan. 25 deputies said they received word about a wanted man, identified as Stephen Rush Styron, 36, hiding out at a home on Rinehardt Road in Mooresville. He had outstanding warrants from Iredell, Rowan, and Mecklenburg counties. 

As deputies arrived at the house, the homeowner, identified as Brian Richard Harwell, 53, said Styron was not at the home. Deputies asked if they could check around inside and Harwell said he had to check with another person first. 

After several minutes, Harwell allowed deputies inside who were able to locate Styron hiding in a bedroom closet. Styron was taken to the Iredell County Detention Center where is was issued no bond on the probation violation warrant. He was also issued a $686,500 secured bond on the remaining charges.

Harwell has been charged with felony obstruction of justice, misdemeanor harboring a fugitive, and misdemeanor resisting a public officer. Harwell is an attorney in Mooresville and is also a Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors elected member.