'Southern Justice' Star, Josh 'Hoppy' Hopkins Acquitted Of Murder

Deputy Joshua 'Hoppy' Hopkins was acquitted of murder.

Yadkinville, NC – Tennessee Deputy Joshua “Hoppy” Hopkins was found not guilty Monday of second-degree murder charges in the death of a North Carolina man.

Hopkins rose to fame during National Geographic’s “Southern Justice” reality show. Hopkins is now a deputy in Carter County, Tennessee, according to WJHL-TV.

Deputy Hopkins was charged in September of 2015 in the killing of Dallas Shatley who died when police responded a disturbance call.

During the incident, Shatley dragged Hopkins 40 yards with a truck and was about to turn around and run him over after Hopkins was thrown to the ground. The deputies fired on the truck after watching it kick into drive.

Shatley also had a loaded high-powered rifle in the car with him. The police had been dispatched to Shatley’s residence 89 times from 2010 to 2015.

Hopkins was cleared of any wrongdoing by the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office as well as the State Bureau of Investigation for his actions in the July 8, 2015 shooting of Shatley.

However, Ashe County District Attorney Tom Horner, a friend of Shatley, still filed second-degree murder charges against Hopkins.

Carter County Sheriff Dexter Lunceford hired Deputy Hopkins to work with his department before before the legal proceedings began. Deputy Hopkins was then placed on administrative leave.

Sheriff Lunceford told WCYB-TV that he would talk with Deputy Hopkins to discuss consideration of being reinstated.

The jury received the case on Friday and reached the verdict by mid-afternoon Monday, according to WCYB.

"We have to look at all the factors in that situation when we have our talk," Sheriff Lunceford said. "It appears the jury came to a quick verdict and think that helps his situation. It's a good indicator for him."

Comments (23)
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whillman2007
whillman2007

Sorry brother you had to go though that.

Dpatrick
Dpatrick

It should not matter that it was a quick verdict. Only that he was found innocent of the charge. End of story.
P. S. Get rid of the D. A.

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

It’s a sad day in our justice system when you have a DA like Horner. Horner should have stepped aside and let the state handle grand jury proceedings.
The voters need to seriously look at him come election time.

Propolice
Propolice

Get that DA out of our Legal system all together. So sad that the Officer had to go through all that just because he did his job and saved his life.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

If Hopkins hung onto a moving vehicle (and it sounds like he probably did) then he should not be reinstated.

Radar4077mash
Radar4077mash

DA should be kicked out! Sorry Hopkins had to go thru all this BULLSHIT.Happy another County hired you & hope you go back to work.

Nolesrus
Nolesrus

I don’t understand your reasoning. The man was preparing to use his vehicle to harm a law enforcement officer who was called to scene in the course of his duties. To be called out that many times the man was obviously not an upstanding citizen. The DA waisted tax dollars trying to ruin this officer’s life and career. What a scum bag.

Rklatt
Rklatt

During the incident, Shatley dragged Hopkins 40 yards with a truck and was about to turn around and run him over after Hopkins was thrown to the ground. The deputies fired on the truck after watching it kick into drive.

Where in that paragraph can you deduce that he was hanging onto a moving vehicle? It said he was dragged and thrown off.

LEO0301
LEO0301

I think the burgers you eat all day have caused hardening of the arteries. It's obvious you don't have much blood flow going through the massive brain of yours.

Dfc3166
Dfc3166

Burgers Allday who would intentionally hang onto a moving vehicle, it's not a natural response. That's just commonsense. Obviously, he was hung up and dragged.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

That DA is a piece of crap!! Get him out of there!!

nimafa
nimafa

He should never have been charged...BUT as you read the D.A. was the friend of Dallas Shatley. This should have been moved to another jurisdiction, and I bet NO charges would have been filed. For the police to visit a home 89 times in about 5 years should be a red flag issue. This person is a problem for sure. The officer should NEVER have been charged. If the D.A. can't keep his personal feelings out of his job then he needs to be fired.

Nikobill7453
Nikobill7453

A lot of idiots will find police guilty because of the crap from the Democrats and others who want to get their way.

Nikobill7453
Nikobill7453

That one lawyer who is a friend of Shatley should never have been allowed anywhere near this. Take his license away if he cant be nutural

Icareforlaw
Icareforlaw

I prayed for that out come Hopkins was doing his job and it's better for him to go home at night the man driving had no care about Hopkins life.
Keep up the great work Hopkins we love and respect you thank you for you service

FamilyofFallen
FamilyofFallen

Shatley was the second man Hopkins has killed "in the line of duty" in less than 3 years. Many officers serve their entire career and NEVER shoot the first person.

FamilyofFallen
FamilyofFallen

Arthur57: Yes, I read the article. I was not being judgmental either way-simply stating a fact that was not contained in the article. Don't know either Shatley or the Hopkins families and certainly was not accusing Hopkins because he is law enforcement. My dad was an officer killed in the line of duty by a drunk during a domestic violence call!!!!!!!!

Roger2018
Roger2018

If it is justified it doesn't matter if he kills one every day

Aplodex91
Aplodex91

The D.A. used to be the district attorney in yadkinville Tom Horner was charged with being a peeping tom(name sure fits) so we dont have to worry about him being a D.A. unless you mean DumbAss then yes he's the state's D.A.

Aplodex91
Aplodex91

Good cops and Bad cops are irrelevant. Good people have bad things happen to them and bad people have great things happen sometimes. But in my experience most of the worst people live the longest because they know exactly where they are going when they die

Meeshaa
Meeshaa

How shocking to read this story. Having only recently discovered the series Southern Justice, and particularly Deputy Hopkins, I was immediately impressed with his professionalism whilst on duty. He comes across as a very decent human being, considering the people he has to come into contact with in his line of work. This story pretty much stinks, but so delighted that justice was served. That DA should be forced to resign, he is obviously not a decent individual and certainly should not be in that position. Deputy Hopkins should never have been charged in the first instance. Lots of kind wishes to all the officers out there performing their duty and sending very fond wishes from Belfast, Northern Ireland to ‘Hoppy’ in particular.