JEFFERSON-The trial of former television reality star Joshua “Hoppy” Hopkins will have to wait at least six more months as a superior court judge continued the former sheriff’s deputy’s case to the Feb. 5 session during superior court Monday.
No motions, including a request for a change of venue, were entered during Monday’s session.
Hopkins – a former Ashe County Sheriff’s Deputy – is facing second degree murder charges in the shooting death of Dallas Shatley.
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.
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