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Gavel falls in sledgehammer case: Ex-girlfriend left permanently impaired from fractured skull

viers, george marvin Jr.By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

 

A Pulaski man told police he intended to kill his ex-girlfriend when he attacked her with a five-pound sledgehammer in 2012, fracturing her skull and leaving her with permanent impairments.

According to Pulaski County Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Fleenor, George Marvin Viers Jr. said he covered the hammer with foam pipe insulation and electrical tape before attacking Melissa Horton in order to “keep the blood down.”

Viers pleaded no contest in Pulaski County Circuit Court Thursday to three felony charges stemming from the Jan. 24, 2012 incident at Horton’s home on Sixth Street SW. A no contest, or nolo contendere, plea means Viers didn’t admit guilt, but acknowledged prosecution evidence would be sufficient for a finding of guilt.

Sentencing was postponed until Dec. 20 at 9:30 a.m. so that a background report, requested by the defense, can be compiled on Viers.

Viers was convicted of aggravated malicious wounding, breaking and entering with intent to commit murder and violation of a protective order. He faces a total of 26 years to life in prison and a fine of up to $200,000.

In summarizing evidence in the case, Fleenor said Horton obtained a protective order against Viers, from whom she was estranged, in July 2011. The order gave Horton possession of the home she and Viers, and their daughter, shared on Sixth Street.

At the time of the incident, Pulaski police said they found Horton around 8:30 a.m., suffering from a wound to the head, after dispatchers received numerous calls of a female yelling for help.

Fleenor said Horton, who was “bleeding profusely” told police she was attacked when she returned to her house from taking her daughter to the school bus stop. She indicated Viers came out of the bedroom and started striking her in the head four to eight times with the sledgehammer.

Horton sustained “multiple” skull fractures, according to Fleenor. In order to prove the aggravating factor of the malicious wounding, Fleenor called neurologist Dr. Jill Kramer to testify to the lasting effects Horton has as a result of her injuries.

Kramer said Horton has memory issues, muscle spasms in her neck and back and “persistent difficulty putting together thoughts” and words. Considering the amount of time that has passed since the attack, she said Horton’s “prognosis for continued improvement is very limited, even with ongoing treatment.”

During interrogation by Pulaski police, Fleenor said Viers admitted having knowledge of the protective order. Viers told them he parked at the Maple Shade Plaza that morning, then walked five or six blocks to Horton’s house, entering the residence while Horton was at the bus stop.

Viers told police he hid the hammer under his coat while walking to the house. After fleeing the scene, he discared it under a bridge, where police recovered it.

When police asked Viers his intent that day, Fleenor said, “He responded, ‘Um, I wanted to kill her.’”

Viers is scheduled to be back in circuit court Oct. 25 on a charge of assault and battery upon a family member in connection with a July 6, 2011 incident. Viers appealed the case from Pulaski County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, according to court records.

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10 Responses to Gavel falls in sledgehammer case: Ex-girlfriend left permanently impaired from fractured skull

  1. CC

    September 13, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    He should never be free again.

  2. Eddie

    September 13, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    He should receive the maximum penalty. If the judges would quit being so soft hearted on people like this, maybe these attacks would atop. If they would hold these people accountable like they do people with drugs & stupid crimes, people may actually stop to think before committing these crimes.

  3. Billy J

    September 13, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    I heard this guy had never been in trouble before so no judge was “softhearted” in the past. Knowing the prosecutor and the judge, this guy will probably never see the light of day.

    • Melissa Horton

      September 15, 2013 at 1:42 pm

      Never been in trouble? This is the third time he’s been arrested and removed from the home for assaulting me. Get your facts straight.

      • Va Girl

        September 16, 2013 at 8:38 am

        Hi Melissa. Hope you are healing and doing better. What you went through had to be utterly terrifying. As you know (and I do from prior work-related knowledge) police often have their hands tied due to laws that “protect” the accused. You’re former partner in this case. I understand everyone has rights in this country, but the rights of the innocent no longer outweigh the rights of someone who is potentially dangerous as a would be killer.

        Even those who have raped children on the SOR website have more rights than the community!! Did you know (or anyone else reading this) that if a child rapist moves into your neighborhood and you print out his stat sheet from the state police site YOU can be sued for harassment!??? Yup, got that tidbit from the state police themselves.

        Until the laws AND punishments change or are upheld innocent victims will multiply.

        Again Melissa, I hope you do improve more and more every day. Nothing is impossible :)

        • Va Girl

          September 16, 2013 at 8:39 am

          …Let me clarify on the print out…IF you print it out AND POST IT in a public place. The convicted rapist can claim harassment. Unbelievable, huh?

  4. ca

    September 14, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    again another case of the police not protecting women against abusive men!

    • Va Girl

      September 15, 2013 at 8:48 am

      Rubbish to your completely ignorant statement. A COURT ORDERED protection order was granted to the victim. The police are NOT involved in that other than to deliver the paperwork to the accused. IF and ONLY IF that protective order is broken and police called can they intervene and arrest the person who should not be where they are.

      What do you expect? A police officer to guard the door 24/7 of EVERY woman who takes a restraining order out on a boyfriend or husband? Do you actually believe there are enough police officers in the entire state to cover just one of its counties in that respect?

      Please get a clue before downing the police who have their hands full as it is trying to protect folks like you who don’t even respect them.

  5. Edward

    September 15, 2013 at 1:38 am

    “Police not protecting women from abusive men?” What the heck are you talking about ca? You sound ridiculous. It sounds to me like the police arrived very quickly, got this lady to the hospital and arrested the suspect all in a couple of hours. IN addition, it sounds like the district attorney and the police are working to get this guy a long sentence. How in the world can it be the police’s fault? Duh?

  6. PM

    September 15, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Hmmmm ….. up to $200,000.00 fine. So the courts will then turn the money over to the 2 victims of this crime …. the lady with permanent scars on her head, body, brain, psyche and the child with emotional scars for life…. Yeah! Right! NO! Business as usual, only the courts and lawyers will be compensated.

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