Man Charged In Hixson Hammer Attack Ruled Not Guilty By Reason Of Insanity

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

A man charged in a hammer attack in Hixson last year has been ruled not guilty by reason of insanity.

George Rodney Brown, Jr., 54, had been arrested for attempted first-degree murder, aggravated burglary and felony vandalism.

Prosecutor Lance Pope said Criminal Court Judge Barry Steelman gave the not guilty ruling after Brown was examined at Moccasin Bend Hospital and it was found that he could not appreciate the seriousness of the offense.

Brown has been out on bond since the incident.

Prosecutor Pope said there will be an additional psychiatric examination.

On April 1 of last year, Robert Erwin, 52, and John Giles, 46, told police they were remodeling a house on Dunn Lane when Brown walked in and attacked them with a claw hammer.

When officers arrived they said Mr. Erwin was bleeding profusely and stated he had been hit twice by the suspect in the head, once in the shoulder, and once in the upper left arm. Mr. Giles told police he was hit once on the back of his head.

Both men said the attack was unprovoked and that Brown accused them of breaking into his residence at 1722 Strawberry Lane, three houses down from the scene of the incident. Police said Brown also knocked out a side window on Mr. Erwin’s van before going across the street and hitting the door of another residence with his hammer.

Brown was arrested outside his home.  

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