Carter Co. deputy, former ‘Southern Justice’ star charged with 2nd-degree murder

NET News Service • Sep 28, 2016 at 2:52 PM

A Carter County Sheriff’s Office deputy has been charged with second-degree murder in Western North Carolina, where he once starred as a featured lawman on the “Southern Justice” television program.

Joshua Franklin Hopkins also was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious bodily injury, according to the Ashe Mountain Times. A grand jury in Ashe County made the decision to indict Hopkins on Monday, Sept. 26.

Davidson County District Attorney Garry Frank, who is handling the investigation, told the newspaper that Hopkins’ charges resulted from the shooting death of Dallas Shatley on July 8, 2015.

Shortly following the incident, Ashe County Sheriff James Williams said, “When officers arrived on the scene, they encountered the individual belligerent. Apparently alcohol was involved. There was a weapon in the vehicle at some point. They were trying to get the weapon out of the vehicle and one of the officers wound up being dragged by the vehicle with the individual driving the vehicle backwards. There were shots fired as a result of that.”


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