911 tapes released in Morgan County shooting

By: Rob Pratt
By: Rob Pratt

WARTBURG, MORGAN COUNTY (WVLT) -- The Morgan County Sheriff's Department has released recordings of Robert Stoll's 9-1-1 call after a shooting that killed a pregnant mother to be.

Even as Jessica Hatmaker was losing her life, Stoll called 9-1-1 claiming “he was the victim of a crime.”

On Thursday, he was arraigned on two counts of second degree murder.

He only spoke a few words in the court room, and his bond was eventually set at $500,000

The 9-1-1 call began as follows:

- Dispatcher: Morgan County 9-1-1, what's your emergency?
- Stoll: Somebody just came by and stole my radiator from my truck.

After claiming he was the victim of theft, he described to the dispatcher the car that appeared in his driveway, and the alleged radiator theft that followed.

During the call he never mentioned firing shots at the alleged thieves.

The call continued:

- Stoll: They're heading toward Mossy Grove right now in that little white, I didn't get a license plate, it happened so fast, but I can recognize the guy.
- Dispatcher: What's your name sir?
- Stoll: My name is Robert Stoll.

It is not the first time that Stoll has been in trouble.

District Attorney General Russell Johnson said Stoll has an extensive criminal record in Florida, Michigan, and California, including at least one felony conviction.

According to Morgan County Sheriff Dennis Ledbetter the shooting happened outside Stoll's house on Morgan County Highway.

The arrest warrant said Stoll fired a shot at the car while Hatmaker was behind the wheel.

It entered the car’s rear door, went through the front seat, and hit Hatmaker in the back.

Hatmaker was driven to the nearby Ambulatory Care Center, where workers called 9-1-1.

- Dispatcher: Morgan County 9-1-1.
- Caller: "Yes mam, this is Jesse at Ambulatory Care Center in Wartburg, Tennessee, and um, we have a critical pregnant woman out front, she's been shot.

Jessica Hatmaker's family will receive friends on Friday from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM at Oak Funeral Home in Huntsville.

Her funeral service will follow.

Hatmaker will be laid to rest Saturday morning at 11:00 AM.

There is no word yet on what, if any theft charges the people in Hatmaker's vehicle may face.

Investigators say they're still talking to prosecutors.


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