A Tunnel Hill woman, who was arrested and charged with attempting to kill her husband in July 2013, has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in Catoosa County Superior Court and now faces one year of probation.

According to court documents, 44-year-old Holly Allison Clark pleaded guilty to a charge of reckless conduct, after originally being charged with attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and possession and distribution of controlled substances.

On July 7, 2013, investigators say a love triangle went south after then 56-year-old Royal Wayne Hall and Clark, devised a plan to drug Clark’s husband, Melvin.

After the arrest, Sheriff Gary Sisk said Clark mixed pills into a drink concoction, and then gave that drink to her husband. Clark apparently quickly had a change of heart and stopped Melvin from consuming the entire drink.

Melvin Clark then attempted to drive himself to the hospital in Whitfield County, at which time Hall called police claiming that Melvin was driving while intoxicated.

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

Melvin Clark filed for divorce days after the arrest, but according to Holly Clark’s attorney, McCracken Poston, the couple made up and are still together.

“Melvin Clark almost immediately forgave his wife and put aside the hard feelings for Hall and pressured the prosecutors for leniency,” Poston said. “He also stopped the divorce….it seems like a one-of-a-kind story, but their marriage seems stronger than ever. The prosecutor would have had a very difficult time to go forward with a victim unwilling to prosecute. Assistant district attorney Alan Norton utilized my client’s cooperation to strengthen the case against Hall, and ultimately made a very reasonable offer, considering the unusual circumstances.”

In March 2016 Hall also pleaded guilty to simple assault and likewise reckless conduct, and received a two years probation sentencing along with the time he’d already served.

Since that time, Superior Court records show Hall has had other criminal issues in Chattanooga, Tenn., and has committed probation violations here.

Adam Cook is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He has been a reporter since 2009. He can be reached at The Catoosa County News office at 706-935-2621 and by email at acook@npco.com.

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