MARCH TRIAL DATE SET FOR LOUISA MAN INDICTED FOR VIOLENT JANUARY ARMED ROBBERY ATTACK IN FALLSBURG
LOUISA BUSINESS OWNER ASSAULTED AND INJURED AT GROCERY STORE; SUSPECTED ARRESTED FOR ARMED ROBBERY; BUT WHY NO FELONY ASSAULT CHARGE?
FEBRUARY 27, 2019 – written by WADE QUEEN
A Louisa man remains jailed after being served a grand jury indictment warrant for a violent robbery last month at a Fallsburg business.
According to the Lawrence County grand jury indictment, on Monday, January 14, 2019, at approximately 11:30 A.M., Billy L. Stone, 57, went into the Fallsburg Country Store, going to the hardware section of the store, where it is alleged he then assaulted John Pigmon 66, of Louisa.
It is then claimed Billy Stone during the assault of Pigmon, where upon he struck him at least twice on the head, with either by hand or possible unknown object, resulting in visible injuries to Mr. Pigmon’s left face and scalp.
It is then further claimed after John Pigmon was incapacitated, Billy Stone then robbed Mr. Pigmon of his cellphone, wallet, and money that was on his person, where then upon afterwards Stone fled the scene.
John Pigmon owns a business in the Fallsburg area, FALLSBURG FAWN COURT ESTATES, TRAILER & RV RENTAL PARK.
Billy Stone was located a few hours later and was arrested by the Lawrence County Sheriff Department, and was charged with 1ST DEGREE ROBBERY. Billy Stone was taken to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center in Paintsville. Stone would bail out on a bond was released from the jail later in the same week.
On Friday, February 22, the Lawrence County Grand Jury met in for a session, where they were presented the case by the Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Office, whereupon reviewing the merit’s of the evidence, the grand jury indicted Billy Stone for the 1ST DEGREE ROBBERY. An arrest warrant on the indictment for Stone was issued the same day
However, there was no indictment for any assault charge against Bobby Stone, and before the indictment there was no assault charges filed by the sheriff’s department when Billy Stone was originally arrested even though injuries were clearly evident on John Pigmon. It is unclear and unknown if any assault evidence was given to the grand jury for consideration of a potential indictment charge for assault.
Billy Stone was arrested via the indictment late Tuesday morning February 26 on the charge of 1ST DEGREE ROBBERY by deputy Mason Keefer of the Lawrence County Sheriff Department. Stone was lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, where is being held on $20,000 full cash bond.
A trial date has tentatively set for the Stone-Pigmon robbery case for late March.
The case remains under investigation by the LCSD.