Hiatt charged, moved to prison


First Posted: 1/15/2009

The man accused of the fatal shooting of his wife earlier this week was transported from the hospital to Central Prison in Raleigh Thursday to await a court date, while he recuperates from gunshot wounds he received at the hands of law enforcement authorities.
Christopher Scott Hiatt, 26, was charged with first-degree murder on Thursday and moved to Central Prison where he will remain until he is scheduled to appear in court in Surry County.
According to Surry County Sheriff Graham Atkinson, Hiatt is alleged to have shot his wife, Deonna Hiatt, 19, on Sunday. She died at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center on Monday.
Christopher Hiatt was shot during a shoot-out with police on Monday morning on Sable Lane. He was airlifted to the same Winston-Salem trauma center that treated his wife, where he underwent surgery for multiple gunshot wounds.
He was arrested by the Winston-Salem Police Department Thursday morning and was charged with first-degree murder in front of a Winston-Salem magistrate. He was then moved to Surry County by ambulance where he made his first appearance in front of Sandra Hudson, a Surry County assistant clerk of Superior Court in the back of the ambulance.
Hiatt was then transported to Central Prison where he can be keep under medical observation until his first scheduled appearance in Surry County District Court, which is slated for February, Atkinson said.
This is not Hiatts first stint in jail. He has several convictions, and accompany jail time, including guilty convictions on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, felony breaking and entering, resisting an officer, carrying a concealed weapon and felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
The investigation into the Sunday and Monday shootings is continuing, the sheriff said.

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