JEFFERSON-A former Ashe County Sheriff’s Office Deputy charged in the shooting death of a Crumpler man last summer posted bail and made his first appearance court appearance Thursday.
Joshua Franklin Hopkins was released on bail after posting a $250,000 secured bond, according to Ashe County Sheriff James Williams.
He was given a December court date, Williams said.
A grand jury was convened this week and Hopkins was charged Wednesday with second degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious bodily injury in the shooting death of Dallas Shatley, 62, following an altercation on July 8, 2015.
Shatley allegedly confronted officers who were responding to a disturbance. The incident was reported around 10 p.m. in Crumpler on Shatley Road, just off of Highway 16.
According to previous statements by Williams, a deputy was dragged by a vehicle driven by Shatley and shots were fired.
The ACSO said later that Deputies Christopher Roten, Joshua Hopkins and Brandon Miller had been involved in the incident, but the agency declined to say which of the deputies had allegedly been dragged prior to the shooting. The three deputies were placed on administrative leave, but were reinstated the week of Aug. 17, 2015.
A postmortem toxilogic analysis of Dallas Arthur Shatley, 62, detected elevated levels of ethanol – 150 mg/dl – in tissue taken from Shatley’s eye. That information comes from reports delivered to the Jefferson Post from the N.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
Ethanol is the active agent in beer, wine, vodka, whiskey, rum and other liquors. Shatley’s ethanol reading exceeded the legal limit of intoxication, which is 80 mg/dl, levels frequently associated with a loss of manual dexterity and with sedation, according to the Mayo Clinic.
In Sept. 2015, District Attorney Tom Horner announced that he would no longer be involved in the case due to his close relationship with the Shatley family. The case was then handed over to District Attorney Garry Frank of Davie and Davidson counties.
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