William Cody Morelock
CHURCH HILL — News of a recently discovered pregnancy between a Hawkins County couple apparently didn’t go over very well last week, resulting in a domestic altercation that sent a Hawkins County man and woman to jail.
Shortly before 8 p.m. Tuesday Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy David Benton responded to a domestic disturbance in progress at 1786 Goshen Valley road near Church Hill.
While en route Benton received radio dispatch reports that a male was choking a female outside the residence, followed shortly by a report that the male was attempting to leave the scene, and was dragging the female down the driveway.
Upon his arrival Benton identified the alleged “combatants” as boyfriend and girlfriend William Cody Morelock, 21, 512 Carters Valley Road, Rogersville; and Amber Hall, 24, 1786 Goshen Valley Road, Church Hill.
Benton said he observed lacerations on Hall’s knees and red marks on her throat consistent with a person being choked.
“She stated that she and her boyfriend had engaged in an argument regarding a recently discovered pregnancy,” Benton stated in his report. “Mr. Morelock stated that after arguing he had attempted to leave, and while pulling down the driveway Ms. Hall grabbed the vehicle and was accidentally dragged.”
Morelock also allegedly stated he may have put his hands around Hall’s throat while she was attempting to prevent him from leaving.
Hall’s mother stated, however, that she witnessed Morelock choke Hall and drag her about 25 yards down the driveway.
Morelock was arrested and charged with aggravated domestic assault.
He was released from the Hawkins County Jail on $10,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Sessions Court Monday.
Although Hall wasn’t going to be charged initially, Benton said her behavior during his investigation, combined with her apparent alcohol intoxication, resulted in her being arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.
“Ms. Hall was acting in a very disorderly manner and was extremely angry with her family for calling the police,” Benton said. “(Hall) continued to be uncooperative and aggressive toward family members at the scene. While speaking to her I did notice a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage about her person, and when asked she admitted to having consumed several drinks prior to our arrival.”
Hall was released from jail on $750 bond and appeared in Sessions Court Wednesday.