Carter County deputy accused of murder allowed to return to Tennessee

Courtesy of National Geographic
Courtesy of National Geographic

CARTER COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – The Carter County Deputy accused of murder in North Carolina is now allowed to return to Tennessee.

Late last month, Deputy Joshua Hopkins had been charged with second-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill. He was indicted in Ashe County, NC in connection to a shooting that happened when he worked for the sheriff’s office there.

Previously, Hopkins was required to stay in NC after making a $250,000 bond. In addition, he was ordered stay away from the family of Dallas Shatley.

According North Carolina state investigators, former Ashe County deputies Hopkins and Christopher Roten responded to a disturbance call on July 8, 2015 on Shatley Road when Dallas Shatley was shot and killed.

A court official said Joshua Hopkins turned himself into authorities Thursday morning.
A court official said Joshua Hopkins turned himself into authorities.

A motion was filed on October 4 to remove the condition that required that he stay in Ashe County and return to Tennessee.

The motion cited Hopkins is a “sworn law enforcement officer, he has no criminal record and is not a threat to flee.

The name Joshua Hopkins may sound familiar as he has spent the past five years as a deputy in Ashe County and gained popularity for his role in the National Geographic show.

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