Isom waives hearing

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By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

HILLSVILLE — A 56-year-old Galax man charged with killing his brother waived his preliminary hearing in Carroll Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Monday.

Eugene Isom had been charged by Carroll deputies with second-degree murder in the death of his 75-year-old brother, Robert, last November.

Deputies were originally called out to 1196 Tower Road around 6:30 a.m., after a neighbor reported hearing gunshots, At that time, authorities believed that Robert Lee Isom, 75, was beaten to death.

After talking to some of his neighbors, police discovered that Eugene Isom had fled the scene. His truck was stopped by a Virginia State Police trooper in Washington County. Authorities believed he was on his way to a friend’s place in Tennessee.

One brother lived in a house on the property, and the other lived in the trailer behind it. Authorities believe the brothers fought that night and that alcohol was involved.

In court Monday before substitute Judge Kathryn Hagwood, Isom, appearing with attorney Joey Haynes, waived his preliminary hearing.

Isom had the right to defend himself from the charge in the hearing, but choose not to. The intention of a preliminary hearing is to present evidence so a judge can find if there is enough evidence to send a charge to a grand jury for indictment.

The next grand jury meets Sept. 15. Isom, however, will make another appearance in a Carroll County courtroom this week before the next grand jury meets.

Haynes confirmed to The Gazette that, if everything goes well, the case should be “resolved” today, Wednesday, when Isom appears before the circuit court judge.

Haynes could not reveal more information about that hearing due to the sensitive nature of the case.