Man arrested after outburst at courthouse
by Elane Jones
Jan 11, 2013 | 8931 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Joseph Aubrey Dill
Joseph Aubrey Dill
A Jasper man has been arrested in connection with an incident that caused the Walker County Courthouse to be put on lockdown Thursday morning after he publicly threatened to kill his ex-wife and others.

Joseph Aubrey Dill, 31, of 198 Pine Drive in Jasper, was arrested Thursday afternoon after he made the threats because a court ruling reportedly did not go in his favor.

Walker County Sheriff’s Investigator Chuck Tidwell said Dill had reportedly filed for a protection order against his ex-wife, but a judge dismissed the order, which angered Dill.

“The suspect went to the courthouse where he made verbal threats in the circuit clerk’s office and the courthouse elevator that he was going to kill his ex-wife and eat her remains,” Tidwell said. “Dill also threatened some other people in the courthouse which resulted in the facility being put on lock down until it was determined he had exited the building.”

Walker County Sheriff John Mark Tirey said law enforcement officers with the Walker County Sheriff’s Office and the Jasper Police Department were in the middle of their investigation into the incident when Dill reportedly showed up at his ex-wife’s home making additional threats.

“Sheriff’s investigators were actually on the phone with the ex-wife, trying to get directions to her residence, when Dill showed up and made threats against her,” Tirey said.

Tirey said Dill was taken into custody at his ex-wife’s home and is currently being held in the Walker County Jail.

“We have spoken with the Walker County District Attorney’s Office, who determined Dill will be facing charges of making terrorist threats, and charges of domestic violence may be pending,” Tirey said. “People need to understand, you can’t just run around and publicly threaten to kill people these days. It’s against the law.”