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Arson suspect released

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By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

HILLSVILLE — A 25-year-old Carroll County man charged with burning his own home was released from jail on bond Sept. 29.

Travis Ray Hall was charged with arson by direct indictment at the September meeting of the Carroll grand jury, one day after he allegedly set fire to the trailer in the Laurel section of the county that his family lived in.

Hall was also charged with a felony as part of a Carroll Sheriff's Office investigation, for threatening to burn the home he shared with Ashley Hall.

He also faces a charge of misdemeanor assault and battery on a warrant taken out by his wife.

Investigators said that clothes had been set on fire in a couple of spots inside the trailer.

It had major damage from smoke and water, and investigators believed the home was a total loss.

The Halls had a domestic dispute at a relative's house earlier that day.

Records from Carroll Circuit Court show that Hall, upon making $10,000 bail, was assigned to home electronic monitoring. Hall is prohibited from leaving Virginia by court order. He is allowed to leave his home to meet with his attorney, probation officer and doctor or to go to court.

His bond of $10,000 was on top of a $50,000 bond from juvenile and domestic relations court, for assault of a family member and threatening to burn the house.

Hall's release causes concerns for some of the victim's family, as well as Carroll's victim-witness program director, Teddy Felts.

"I know they're concerned, and I am too," he said. "I know that Mr. Hall has been in court, it seems like, since I've been here.”

Hall's pending charges include DMV title fraud and bad checks. Past convictions listed in court records include damage to property, eluding police, obstruction of justice, disorderly conduct and a bad check.

"I wish we could hold him until his trial, but it's not our decision," Felts said.