August 21, 2013

Officials: Love triangle, poisoning, attempted murder

By Adam Cook
Catoosa County News

— Authorities on Monday arrested a Catoosa County woman and her boyfriend for attempted murder for allegedly conspiring to kill the woman’s husband.

According to the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office:

Holly Alison Clark, 41, of 377 Mine Road, Tunnel Hill, and Royal Wayne Hall, 56, of 275 Williams Road, Dalton, were charged with criminal attempt to commit murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Clark was also charged with possession of a schedule 3 controlled substance and possession of a schedule 2 controlled substance.

Both remained in the Catoosa County jail Tuesday afternoon. Clark’s bond has been set at $50,000. Bond had not yet been set for Hall.

Officials said a love triangle went south on July 7 when Clark and Hall devised a plan to drug Clark’s husband with oxycodone and hydrocodone.

“Ms. Clark mixed pills into a drink concoction, and then gave that drink to her husband,” said Sheriff Gary Sisk. “Apparently Ms. Clark had a change of heart and stopped him from consuming the entire drink.”

Clark’s husband attempted to drive himself to Hamilton Medical Center in Dalton, at which time Hall called police claiming that Clark’s husband was driving while intoxicated, Sisk said.

When police contacted the husband, it was clear he was “out of it” and was taken to the hospital for evaluation, reports show.

“The husband was under 72-hour evaluation at a mental health facility, and when he came to, was unable to recall most of the details regarding what’d happened to him,” Sisk said.

Following the investigation, detectives arrested Hall at Heritage High School about 11:21 a.m. on Monday. Hall was a full-time bus driver for Catoosa County Public Schools from March 2012 until he was fired the day of his arrest, according to a school system spokeswoman.

Clark turned herself in to Capt. Chris Lyons at the sheriff’s office just before 1 p.m. the same day.

Daily Citizen staff writer Rachel Brown contributed to this story.