Hopkins due back in court Monday

By Jesse Campbell - jcampbell@s24509.p831.sites.pressdns.com

ASHE COUNTY-Will the murder trial of Joshua “Hoppy” Hopkins take place before an Ashe County jury?

An upcoming administrative docket call could determine under which setting Hopkins will be judged by a jury of his peers.

Hopkins – a former Ashe County Sheriff’s Deputy – is facing second degree murder charges in the shooting death of Dallas Shatley. He is due back in Ashe County Superior Court on Monday.

During a previous preliminary hearing, Hopkins rejected a plea deal. An exchange of words between the district attorney’s office and a presiding judge alluded to the possibility of a change of venue for the trial due to the heightened media coverage leading up to the highly anticipated case.

Shatley, 62, was shot by Ashe County Sheriff’s Office deputies on July 8, 2015, after he allegedly confronted the officers who were responding to a disturbance. According to previous statements by former Ashe Sheriff James Williams, a deputy was dragged by a vehicle driven by Shatley and shots were fired.

After an investigation by the district attorney’s office, Hopkins was charged with second degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious bodily injury.

Hopkins is also currently listed as a defendant in a civil suit brought forth by the Shatley family. The county had previously settled a similar case with the family of a deceased Laurel Springs man who was killed during an officer involved shooting. Hopkins was listed a shooter in that case, too.

Reach Jesse Campbell at (336) 846-7164.


By Jesse Campbell



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