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Bassett man guilty of abducting, wounding ex-girlfriend
Roy Dale Gilley faces up to 20 years in prison
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Roy Dale Gilley

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

A Bassett man faces up to 20 years in prison after being found guilty of injuring his girlfriend while detaining her against her will.

Roy Dale Gilley, 35, was also found guilty Monday in Franklin County Circuit Court of violating a protective order.

During the trial, Deputy Travis Hambrick with the Henry County Sheriff's Office testified that he found the victim lying in the road (Trent Hill Drive in Franklin County) about 1:30 a.m. on May 10. The victim was bleeding heavily and her face was covered in blood, he said.

The victim, who had previously lived with Gilley for five years, testified that she agreed to accompany Gilley to the house they had shared to retrieve photographs of her deceased daughter. She voluntarily got into a Ford Explorer driven by Gilley, despite a protective order she had filed against him, she said.

Eventually, Gilley drove to Philpott Dam so they could talk in a neutral environment, she said, where the couple used to fish together.

But they began to argue over his use of methamphetamine, she said. When Gilley offered her a pipe containing meth, she knocked it out of his hands, angering him to the point where he struck her in the nose, she added.

She demanded to be taken home, but Gilley refused, grabbing her hair to pull her close to him, she said.

During the altercation, Gilley struck her in the head with a flashlight several times and eventually closed the door of the SUV on her head, she added.

At one point, she got out of the vehicle but passed out while walking down the road, she said. When she awoke, she was in the hatch area of the SUV.

Again she struggled to get out of the vehicle, even wielding a small pocket knife to defend herself, she said. She eventually jumped out of the vehicle and crawled along the road. Gilley left the scene in the SUV, she added.

Defense attorney Jonathan Scott argued that the victim's testimony was inconsistent with her former testimony at a preliminary hearing and statements she made to the police.

Gilley testified that the incident was an accident and misunderstanding. He said he loves the victim "with all my heart" and was sorry for her injuries.

While at the dam, Gilley said he called the victim by another woman's name, making her angry. He said she struck herself in the head with the flashlight accidentally while waving her arms in rage.

He said he accidentally struck her with the door of the SUV while trying to calm her down and keep her inside the vehicle. She eventually got out of the vehicle and started walking down the road, he said.

A few minutes later when he found her on the side of road, bleeding, he said he put her in the back of the SUV to transport her to the hospital. When she awoke, she climbed to the front and jumped out, refusing his help.

At that point, Gilley testified that he drove to his parents' home to get help.

Prosecutor Patrick Nix introduced numerous photos, showing blood stains and strands of hair inside the SUV, that he said supported the victim's version of events.

Judge W.N. Alexander II agreed, finding Gilley guilty of abduction and injuring the victim in violation of a protective order. He reduced the malicious wounding charge and found Gilley guilty of unlawful wounding, a lessor felony.

The sentencing hearing for Gilley is set for Jan. 28 at 4 p.m. in circuit court. Gilley is being held in the Henry County Jail.

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