Man accused of driving over neighbor

FRONT ROYAL – The case of a Front Royal man accused of running over one man with a truck and hitting another with a baseball bat was approved Wednesday for possible indictments by a grand jury.

Billy Joe Huffman, 52, of 4572 Strasburg Road, waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Warren County General District Court. The waiver came after Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan Layton agreed to reduce a charge of malicious wounding and attempted malicious wounding to unlawful wounding and attempted unlawful wounding.

“Your honor, as far as malicious wounding, the commonwealth would amend to unlawful wounding,” Layton told Judge W. Dale Houff.

A criminal complaint written by Warren County deputy Matthew Griffith states that he fielded a report on July 11 of a man feeling suicidal at 4536 Strasburg Road.

Griffith said he received information at the scene that someone who later turned out to be Huffman had run over Michael David Emming and hit another man, Brandon Michael Carter, with a baseball bat.

The complaint says that Emming was taken to Warren Memorial Hospital for treatment after he was “observed … in a lot of pain.”

Griffith said Emming’s injuries included bruising to the right hip, right ribs, right upper leg and bruising or swelling on the palm of the left hand. Griffith also said that hospital papers showed Emming had suffered several bone bruises.

Emming told Griffith that he stopped by Huffman’s nearby residence before the violence and found Carter and Huffman shooting pool and drinking beer.

“Emming advised me that he had left the residence of Huffman without any confrontation and while in his driveway, he was hit by Huffman’s truck,” Griffith wrote.

Griffith added that Emming told him that Huffman turned the truck around in the driveway “and attempted to hit Carter.”

Huffman is also charged with felony hit and run driving. He remains held without bond at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com