Meet Wendy

     Wendy Hazelton was born and raised in a close knit and rural community of Indian Woods in the small town of Windsor, NC. Wendy is the 13th of 15 children and was educated in Bertie County public schools. 

     In 1975 Wendy’s family experienced the tragic loss of her brother in a controversial death that sparked an interest in public service. Her family’s emotional impasse from experiencing such a loss and her zest for helping others ignited her passion for the law.

     In 1997, she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from North Carolina Central University (NCCU) and her Juris Doctorate from the same institution in 2006. Wendy has always believed in hard work and prior to law school, spent two years at the Federal Election Commission in Washington, D.C. focusing on campaign finance law. She then went on to work on land condemnation matters at the United States Attorney’s Office in Miami, Florida for two years. 

     For the last eight years, she has been a dedicated and hardworking Assistant Public Defender in Pitt County, practicing in both District and Superior Courts. She firmly believes in the words of the Constitution when it states, “in all criminal cases the accused shall have the assistance of counsel for his defense”. As a result, she has become a staunch advocate for her clients, always seeking the best outcome permissible under the law. Not only does Wendy listen to the concerns and needs of her clients but she also extends that same type of concern to the victims and law enforcement, specifically when handling cases in District Court. 

     Wendy strongly believes that each person in our community deserves due process and equal access to our court systems and processes. She firmly believes in fairness and justice for all and is excited about an opportunity to make a difference from the bench.

     Wendy lives in Winterville with her husband, Eric Hazelton. They have 2 children; Ariana, 14 and Jacob, 12. She believes that to whom much is given, much is required, which is why she is very involved in her community. Her family attends Koinonia Christian Center and she serves on the usher ministry and her husband serves on the over-the-road ministry. 

     Currently, Wendy volunteers with the Pitt County Teen Court Program, regularly serving as a Judge, speaker and teacher. She is also an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., serving in the Iota Kappa Omega Chapter here in Pitt County. Other organizations she serves in include, Ayden Rotary, Pitt County Chapter of the NAACP, African American Caucus, Richard Powell Legal Society, and the Democratic Women of Pitt County.