Hemphill man charged in severe campground beating

Neal Shelton (Source: Sabine County Jail)
Neal Shelton (Source: Sabine County Jail)

SABINE COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A Hemphill man is fighting for his life in Hemphill following a fight at a campground in Sabine County on Oct. 16.

Neal Shelton, 49, is charged with two counts of first-degree aggravated assault and interference with an emergency call.

Sabine County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy George Griffith said Shelton got into an argument with his friend, Richard Barlow, 53, of Hemphill, at the Lakeview Recreation Park in the Six Mile community.

Griffith said Shelton attacked Barlow and started punching him.

"Shelton continued to beat and stomp on Barlow as he was unconscious on the ground," Griffith said.

Shelton also struck George Ann Ferguson, 60, of Bronson, as she tried to break up the fight, Griffith said.

Griffith said Ferguson then got Barlow and put him into her car and drove to the Sabine County Hospital where they were both treated for injuries.

Barlow was then airlifted to a Tyler hospital for treatment and then soon after sent to a hospice. Griffith said doctors took Barlow off life support Saturday.

Barlow is still breathing but in a coma. Shelton is being held on a collective bond of $510,000.

Copyright 2014 KTRE. All rights reserved.