Alleged pick-axe attacker evaluated


A Mount Airy man who allegedly attacked a Dobson attorney with a pick-axe was evaluated for mental competency at Central Regional Hospital, according to the Surry County District Attorney’s office.

James Grayson Hall, 52, was scheduled to appear in Surry County Superior Court in July for charges including attempted first degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon with the attempt to kill.

Hall’s attorney, Jak Reeves, of West Jefferson, confirmed that the evaluation was court ordered.

His case was held open during the July term of Superior Court, which ended Friday.

In May, Hall allegedly confronted attorney Hugh Mills, at the attorney’s office on West Atkins Street in Dobson.

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.

According to Dobson Police Chief Shawn Meyers, Hall and Mills had some sort of relationship, though he could not say whether or not Hall was a client of Mills, or what caused the incident.

Hall is in the custody of the Surry County Detention Center.

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