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Bladen County man charged with assaulting WRAL photographer

Posted May 5, 2015
Updated May 6, 2015

Donald Hales, of 1768 N.C. Highway 242 North, is charged with assault inflicting serious bodily injury.
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— A 67-year-old Bladen County man has been charged with assaulting a WRAL employee who was on assignment Tuesday afternoon near Elizabethtown, according to the Bladen County Sheriff's Office.

Donald Hales, of 1768 N.C. Highway 242 North, is charged with assault inflicting serious bodily injury.

Photographer Jay Jennings was shooting video of a home where a double homicide occurred decades ago – the man convicted in the killings was recently found innocent – when he said someone in a blue pick-up truck pulled up and started yelling at him. Jennings is working on a documentary about the exonerated man.

Jennings said the next thing he remembered was being hit. Authorities said Wednesday that Hales hit Jennings with a cane.

Jennings suffered a head wound requiring staples, he said. He was treated and released from the Bladen County Hospital.

Hales is the grandson of one of the victims in the case. He was given a $50,000 unsecured bond and placed on house arrest, authorities said.

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  • Kim Schrock May 6, 2015
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    Folks down there grow stuff they don't want people taking pictures of. Next time get permission first to enter someone's land. You knew you didn't own it. Could have been allot worse.

  • Mark Neill May 6, 2015
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    Poor understanding. The named subject in the sentence is "Jay Jennings".

    "Jay Jennings...was shooting video...when he said..."

    Don't blame the writer for writing at a high school level of comprehension.

  • Fred Garner May 6, 2015
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    Photographer Jay Jennings was shooting video of a home where a double homicide occurred decades ago – the man convicted in the killings was recently found innocent – when he said someone in a blue pick-up truck pulled up and started yelling at him. Jennings is working on a documentary about the exonerated man.
    Read more at http://www.wral.com/wral-photographer-assaulted-while-on-assignment/14626141/#OtzLluR2l4wYU0qJ.99

    Who said? Jay or the blue pickup or someone or the wrongfully convicted man or who??? Was Hales in the blue pickup or the wrongfully convicted man?

    Poorly written........

  • Sammy Macloud May 6, 2015
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    so why did he hit the photographer? just out of the blue? more to this

  • Paul Donovan May 6, 2015
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    Doesn't say where he was shooting video from? Was he trespassing ?

  • Chad Johnson May 6, 2015
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    Maybe they wanted to be left alone.

  • James Grimes Jr. May 6, 2015
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    I hope Jennings fully recovers, and the person that assaulted him is caught.