On Friday morning, accused Police Officer shooter John Russell Hall appeared in a Pike Co Courtroom for the first time. Hall was charged with the murder of Pikeville Police Officer Scotty Hamilton. The shooting took place on Tuesday evening on Hurricane Creek in Pike Co., while Officer Hamilton and KSP Trooper Matt Martin were conducting a criminal patrol. While canvasing the area Officer Hamilton and Trooper Martin were separated. Gunshots were fired a short time later within close proximity to the residence and Trooper Martin located Officer Hamilton who had sustained a fatal gunshot wound. He was pronounced deceased at the scene. Several Police agencies spent Wednesday and Thursday searching for Hall, who was finally located around 11:00 AM in the Stoney Brook area of Pike/Floyd Hollow located in the Betsy Layne community of Floyd Co. In court on Friday, John Russell Hall pleaded not guilty and his attorney sought bond, but that motion was denied by the judge. Hall’s attorney waived formal arraignment. Hall is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing next Thursday, March 22nd.
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