As we reported on Thursday, a Pike Co Grand Jury issued a 5-count indictment Wednesday against 55-year-old John Russell Hall, of Hurricane Creek Road near Pikeville who is charged with the shooting death of Officer Hamilton on March 13. Hall was charged with 1 count of murder, 2 counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, 1 count of receiving stolen property and 1 count of persistent felony offender. The stolen property charge is in relation to firearms Hall possessed or disposed of that had been stolen.
John Russell Hall
In a separate indictment, the grand jury also charged four people for their roles after the murder to help with Hall’s escape. Indicted was 37-year-old Amanda Dotson, 39-year-old Michael Slone, 44-year-old Jeanne Blackburn and 54-year-old Gregory D. Slone, each face a felony charge of hindering prosecution or apprehension in the first degree. Information released said Dotson and Michael Slone picked up Hall following the shooting and drove him to Gregory Slone’s residence. Jeanne Blackburn was allegedly at that residence at the time and all four knew Hall was wanted in connection to Hamilton’s death. Gregory Hall was also charged with first-degree promoting contraband and being a persistent felony offender in the first degree. All five, including Hall, are currently lodged in the Pike Co Detention Center.
Micheal Slone Jeanne Blackburn
Greg Slone Amanda Dotson
Officer Scotty Hamilton was a 12-year veteran of the Pikeville Police Department. He was also a husband and a father of an infant baby girl, Hamilton was 35 years old when he was killed in the line of duty.
Officer Scotty Hamilton