The Letcher County Grand Jury has requested dismissal of a first-degree assault charge against an 18-year-old Ermine man accused of injuring a 37-yearold Jenkins man during an altercation in front of the Jenkins Post Office in July.
After hearing testimony on Oct. 15 from Jenkins Police Chief Jim Stephens, the grand jury determined that insufficient evidence was presented and ordered the charge against Dawson Hall be dismissed.
A fight between Wayne Mullins and Hall started at a strip job on July 30 and then continued on Main Street in Jenkins around 1 a.m. near the post office. Mullins’s family and friends who were interviewed at the Whitesburg hospital told Stephens that Hall was armed with some sort of metal rod or pipe.
Surveillance footage taken from the Jenkins Double Kwik shows Mullins walking across the parking lot carrying what appears to be a prop rod and making gestures toward the Jenkins Post Office.
Stephens testified during a preliminary hearing held in Letcher District Court on Aug. 6 that Hall claimed he body slammed Mullins in a parking lot and then hit him twice with his fists after Mullins swung a metal rod at him. Stephens said during the August court proceeding that there wasn’t any evidence of Hall hitting Mullins with anything other than his fists.
Mullins sustained several skull, facial and jaw injuries during an altercation.
Hall’s attorney, Gerald Teaster, said it was a case of self-defense and had requested the charge be dismissed during the preliminary hearing.