29-1201. Prisoner held without indictment; discharge or recognizance; when.

Any person held in jail charged with an indictable offense shall be discharged if he be not indicted at the term of court at which he is held to answer, unless such person shall have been committed to jail on such charge after the rising and final report of the regular grand jury for that term, in which case the court may discharge such person, or require such person to enter into recognizance with sufficient security for his appearance before such court to answer such charge at the next term thereof; Provided, such person so held in jail without indictment shall not be discharged, if it appears to the satisfaction of the court that the witnesses on the part of the state have been enticed or kept away or are detained and prevented from attending court by sickness or some inevitable accident.

Source:G.S.1873, c. 58, § 389, p. 812; R.S.1913, § 9020; C.S.1922, § 10044; C.S.1929, § 29-1201; R.S.1943, § 29-1201.

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