Hopkins scheduled to appear at meet and greet

By Jesse Campbell - jcampbell@jeffersonpost.com

HILLSVILLE, VA. – While awaiting his day in court for a second-degree murder charge that stemmed from a July 2015 shooting incident, former Ashe County Sheriff’s Deputy and television reality star Joshua “Hoppy” Hopkins has maintained a low profile – until recently.

Hopkins was charged in the shooting death of Dallas Shatley after he responded to a domestic dispute at Shatley’s Crumpler farm. An extensive investigation by the district attorney’s office led to the murder indictments.

Although his trial has been continued on multiple occasions, the circumstances surrounding his case haven’t exactly remained stagnant. Shatley’s family has since then filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the deputy and the sheriff’s office.

After a few seasons in the limelight of the “Southern Justice” TV series, it also appears Hopkins might be ready to make himself available to the public again. Hopkins is scheduled to appear at the Night Watch Haunt haunted house in Hillsville, Va. on Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. for a special meet and greet. A Facebook posting by the group provides additional details of the meeting.

Some of the commenters on the group’s Facebook page questioned the veracity of the status and if the event was legitimate. Other posters expressed immediate interest in attending.

Event organizers have confirmed that the event is, in fact, taking place.

For more information, search Night Watch Haunt on Facebook.

Reach Jesse Campbell at (336) 846-7164.


By Jesse Campbell



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