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News DSS attorney re-arrested

William Shilling The local attorney arrested last week for charges including misdemeanor counts of simple physical assault, was re-arrested on Saturday by Officer Danny Burrows with the Macon County Sheriff's Office for violating a court-ordered Domestic Violence Protective Order (DVPO).

William Shilling was originally arrested on Feb. 14 after local magistrate Miciah Leatherman signed a warrant because of alleged abuse Shilling inflicted on his son. “The physical injury inflicted caused a red mark on the victim's abdomen, and was inflicted by other than accidental means,” reads the original arrest warrant.

District Court Judge Donna Forga issued a Domestic Violence Protective Order forbidding Shilling from contacting his wife or minor son until Feb. 24.

Additional documents on file at the Clerk's Office signed by Judge Forga, report that in Cheryl Shilling’s request for the domestic violence protective order, on Feb. 9, William Shilling threatened to have Cheryl involuntarily committed and to remove their son's limbs to torture the child. Forga's report states that on Feb. 8, Cheryl claims that Shilling threatened to blow his own brains out and has threatened to drive their vehicle into a ravine making the child an orphan. It also states that Shilling has reportedly said that he wants to bludgeon the child. The document also states that the couple owns two handguns, one in their home and one in the law office.

After Shilling was originally released on a $500 bond, he violated the court order prohibiting him from contact with his wife or son on Feb. 15 and was ordered to spend 48 hours in jail.

According to the most recent documents filed with the Clerk's Office, Shilling was re-arrested on Saturday after having indirect contact with the victim (his wife) through her friend, Stephanie Watts.

Additional documents on file signed by District Court Judge Richlyn Holt state that Shilling was found to be charged with “assault on, stalking, communicating a threat to, or committing a felony provided in Articles 7A, 8, 10, or 15 of Chapter 14 of the General Statutes upon a spouse or former spouse ...”

Judge Holt ordered that Shilling stay away from the home, school, business or place of employment of the alleged victim.

Shilling was released on a $1,000 cash secured bond. Shilling is scheduled to appear in court on March 7.


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