Warrant issued for local man accused of domestic assault
A warrant without bond has been issued for the arrest of William Hill in connection with a Sunday, Feb. 7, incident in which he is alleged to have discharged a 12-gauge shotgun while intoxicated and swung the firearm in a threatening manner, and with injuring his wife by punching her in the head and face with his hands, striking her in the abdomen with a shotgun base and choking her with his hands on her neck.
A reported assault
Hill is charged with four felonies: domestic assault, unlawful use of a weapon (having a loaded firearm and discharging it while intoxicated), unlawful possession of a weapon and unlawful use of a weapon (exhibiting a weapon in the presence of others capable of lethal use in an angry or threatening manner.)
According to the probable cause statement in the case prepared by Ozark County Deputy Justin Brown, at 4:05 p.m. on Feb. 7, Deputy Steven Ator was dispatched to Hill’s residence on County Road 608A in Gainesville for a report of an active physical assault.
Upon arrival, Ator made contact with Hill and a woman inside the home and noticed that Hill had a laceration to his head. The woman reportedly had red marks on her face and neck.
“During the investigation it was found that Hill had slapped [the woman] in the face, choked her neck, struck her in the abdomen with the butt of a 12 ga. shotgun and repeatedly pushed her to the ground,” Brown wrote. “Hill at some point during the altercation went and retrieved the 12 ga. shotgun and brought it into the room with his wife and minor children.”
Hill then fired three rounds out the window of the house, the statement says.
“He then advised his family that he would kill all of them. Hill then pointed the firearm at his wife and then at his own chin. To get away from Hill, his wife struck him in the head with an oil lamp,” the statement says.
The minor children who were present during the incident were taken to the Child Advocacy Center in Greene County, where they underwent a forensic exam.
“During the interviews, the children advised that Hill had been drinking the night of the incident. One of the children advised that Hill had taken her sister by the hair and threw her into the door of her bedroom because she did not want to go to her bedroom,” the report says.
Because Hill is a convicted felon, it is illegal for him to possess a firearm in any manner. According to court documents, he was charged and convicted of endangering the welfare of a child in Douglas County in 2015.