PIKE CO., AR (KSLA) - A mental evaluation has been ordered for the man accused of shooting and killing his wife, along with her mother and her niece at his Pike County home.
43-year-old Timothy Allen Hill was back in court Monday morning, where KSLA News 12's Fred Gamble says Hill was initially uncooperative with court proceedings. When Hill finally stood before Pike County district judge, he declared that he did not have an attorney.
When told his family had hired an attorney for him, he told the judge that his family is dead.
Hill's estranged wife, 33-year-old Dana Hill was found shot to death inside his Delight home on July 13. His 9-year-old niece Autumn Hartsfield and her grandmother, 54-year-old Julie Hartsfield were found in Dana's car in the driveway. Julie Hartsfield had been shot to death. Autumn had been critically wounded. She later died at a Hot Springs hospital.
Investigators say the couple was separated and were the parents of two small children. They say the shootings occurred when Dana came to the home to pick up the children. Deputies say after the shooting, Hill notified a relative, who notified law enforcement.
Prosecutors say they intend to file capital murder charges against Hill, which would make him eligible for the death penalty if convicted.
In a separate court hearing, the judge placed Dana and Timothy's two children in foster care until August 26th. At that time, a decision could be made on which side of the family will get custody. "That is basically what we're interested in today is making sure the boys are taken care of. We love them and want to see them," says Dana's father, Robert Hartsfield.
Workmates of Dana Hill were also in the courtroom. They say Timothy Hill was well aware of what he was doing when he committed the murders. "We said all along they were going to plea temporary insanity and try and get him off. But I believe in my heart he knew what he was doing," says Shana Lorance.
"She finally got up the nerves to leave him and when she was gone and the only thing he could hold over her were the boys and he did," says Elizabeth Ritual.
The judge in the case also placed a gag order on participants in the case Monday morning.
Hill remains in custody in Pike County on $1M bond.