Alleged pick-axe attackerin jail, bond is $1 million


Nearly two weeks after attacking a Dobson attorney with a pick axe, a Mount Airy man is still in prison under a $1 million bond while law enforcement officials consider additional charges against him.

James Grayson Hall Jr, 52, of Mount Airy is awaiting his scheduled court appearances at the Surry County Detention Center after allegedly attempting to kill Dobson Attorney Hugh Mills with a pick axe. Hall’s bond has been set at $1 million.

Hall is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, simple assault and injury to personal property. However, according to Dobson Police Chief Shawn Meyers, Hall may soon face an attempted first degree murder charge.

Meyers said that Tuesday he testified before a grand jury that was considering the higher attempted murder charge. Meyers stated that as of Tuesday afternoon he did not know whether the grand jury had issued an indictment for the additional charge.

On May 27 Hall allegedly confronted Mills at the attorney’s office on 121 West Atkins Street in Dobson. According to authorities Hall attempted to kill the attorney. According to authorities Mills suffered minor injuries as a result of the attack and was treated by emergency responders at the scene.

Hall also allegedly shattered a window at the attorney’s office and put a hole in the windshield of a vehicle parked in the street. Though authorities could not elaborate on the relationship between Hall and Mills, Meyers said the two men “knew each other.”

After allegedly attacking Mills, authorities said Hall fled to his home on Old Highway 601 in Mount Airy, where he was arrested by officials from the Surry County Sheriff’s Department and the Dobson Police Department.

Officials initially charged Hall with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, among other lesser charges. Hall is to appear in district court on June 18 for injury to personal property and simple assault, both misdemeanors. He will also appear in Superior Court on July 28 for the felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

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