Police: Man arrested after beating wife with a hammer

ROCKBRIDGE CO. (WSLS 10) – A man is in jail for allegedly beating his wife with a hammer in Rockbridge County.

James Harvey Tolley, 62, of Staunton, is being held without bond for malicious wounding.

According to a search warrant, the incident happened July 28 in front of the Super 8 hotel along Route 11 in Lexington.

According to investigators, Tolley told police he hit his wife after a heated argument.

Tolley said the argument started while they were in his vehicle, a 1999 Nissan Quest. After they got out of the vehicle, he told police he remembered going into a toolbox in the vehicle, retrieving a hammer and hitting his wife in the arm multiple times.

She was hospitalized after the incident.

Tolley was charged with in 1974 with the murder of Sandra Jones in South Hampton County Circuit Court.

Those charges were later dismissed, but he was found guilty of abduction.


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