By Leesha Faulkner

Daily Journal

TUPELO – Former assistant police chief Robert Hall made a brief appearance Tuesday for his arraignment in Circuit Court.

Hall and his attorney, Jim Waide, stood before Judge Sharion Aycock to hear formal charges against him. Hall’s $3,000 property bond remained the same.

Monday, the suspended Tupelo police captain didn’t appear in court because Waide was busy taking depositions, the attorney said.

Waide said he called the court administrator’s office to inform judges that his client would appear in court Tuesday.

The Lee County Circuit Clerk’s office didn’t have a record of the rescheduling Monday.

Hall’s indictment lists the charges against him as accessory after the fact and obstruction of justice. It stems from a May 28 incident in which Hall is accused of allowing a motorist, Jamison Shells, then 20, to go free after Shells’ vehicle left the scene after allegedly hitting a young boy riding his bike.

The boy suffered severe injuries as a result of the accident, according to court documents.

Hall, arrested nearly two weeks ago, has maintained his innocence.

Before his arrest but after the incident, Hall was demoted from assistant police chief to captain. He was suspended without pay after his arrest.

Contact Daily Journal county-courts reporter Leesha Faulkner at 678-1590 or leesha.faulkner@djournal.com

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