A Max Meadows man charged last year with being an accessory after the fact in a machete attack has now been accused of shooting his ex-girlfriend multiple times with a pellet pistol.
Nathan Andrew Wilson, 48, was arrested on Jan. 6 and charged with malicious wounding and assault and battery of a family member in a reported attack on Alta Arnold Alford.
Virginia State Police Trooper D.D. Dunford filed the charges after responding to a Sunday afternoon shooting call at 5246 Peppers Ferry Road.
According to the trooper and his criminal complaint, Dunford found Alford at a 166 Cleveland Avenue residence in Max Meadows.
“She advised me that she had went to the Peppers Ferry Road address to retrieve her belongings from the residence where her ex-boyfriend was staying,” Dunford wrote in a criminal complaint. “While she was getting her clothes she was shot multiple times in the leg by Mr. Andrew Nathan Wilson with an unknown handgun.”
On Wednesday, Dunford said the weapon was a pellet pistol and that Alford was hit an estimated 10-15 times in both legs and her buttocks while she was outside loading items into her car.
She was taken to Wythe County Community Hospital where she was treated and released, he said.
Dunford said he went to the Peppers Ferry Road residence to talk to Wilson, but Wilson refused to come outside. The trooper then called in the VSP tactical team.
“Once they arrived, he came out and turned himself in,” Dunford wrote in his complaint.
Wilson, who denied shooting Alford, is being held without bond in the New River Valley Regional Jail in Dublin.
Represented by the public defender’s office, his preliminary hearing has been set for Feb. 12 in Wythe County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.
Wilson is also awaiting trial in Wythe County Circuit Court on a Feb. 24, 2018, misdemeanor charge of being an accessory after the fact to malicious wounding.
In July, Wilson was convicted of the charge in a lower court, but he appealed the conviction to the higher court.
He was arrested last year after police investigated a machete attack on Sandra Hill of Max Meadows.
Police said Victoria Tate struck Hill twice – once on the head and once on the hand -- with the weapon during an argument at a Miller’s Creek Road residence. They said Wilson hid the machete under a trailer and also cleaned up blood from inside.
Tate was convicted of unlawful wounding late last year in the attack.
Wilson’s appeal will be heard on Jan. 23.
His prior convictions include felony assault and battery, drug distribution and reckless handling of a firearm, according to court records.
Jeffrey Simmons can be reached at 228-6611, extension 19, or email@example.com.