Inmate accused of assaulting several officers in courtroom

Timothy J. Hall, 26, of Paintsville

An inmate from the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center is accused of assaulting several law enforcement officers in the Johnson County Circuit Courtroom on Friday.
The Paintsville Herald is reporting that Timothy J. Hall, 26, of Paintsville, was cuffed and shackled when he assaulted several people, including bailiffs James Wright and Don Webb and Probation and Parole Officer James Blair. The incident allegedly took place during an arraignment hearing in an indictment case charging Hall with second-degree assault and being a persistent felony offender in the second degree. The alleged assaults occurred during a physical altercation that allegedly broke out as Hall was being taken back to a holding cell.
The newspaper is reporting that Commonwealth’s Attorney for Johnson County Floyd Anthony “Tony” Skeans joined into the altercation to assist the officers after one of the officers’ loaded firearms became dislodged and loose in the courtroom. Hall will face three felony charges of third-degree assault and other charges, according to a statement given by Johnson County Sheriff Doug Saylor to the newspaper. To read the full Paintsville Herald Story, click here.