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'Hatchet man' back in court this week
Calvin Nelson - photo by File photo

The man who earned the nickname the Hatchet Man for attacking a woman with a hatchet in 1996 is expected back in court Thursday, according to public records in the Long County Clerk of Courts office.

Calvin Leon Nelson, also identified in public records and warrants as Kevines Leon Nelson is currently charged with criminal attempt to commit a felony and public drunkenness.

His Thursday court appearance will address his felony charge. He is scheduled to appear in court April 19 for public drunkenness, according to a copy of the citation.

Nelson was arrested Feb. 7 after police found him lying in a ditch on Horsecreek Road by Stewart Pines Mobile Home Park.

His car, a blue Mercury Grand Marquis was parked near the home at lot 23.

According to the police report, officers were dispatched to the scene when someone called to report a suspicious vehicle. According to the report, Nelson’s car matched the description of a similar vehicle seen in the area the day before. The report said the vehicle was suspected to be involved in a crime committed within the area.

According to Long County Deputy Sam Frank, officers found the car and then found Nelson lying in the ditch.

Frank reported Nelson said he was on his way home but stopped to urinate on the side of the road. When he saw the cops he said he got scared and tried to hide.

Frank said Nelson appeared intoxicated and submitted to a breath test, blowing a .08. He was taken to Tattnall County jail. In his car cops found an open can of beer, an open, unrolled condom and his cell phone.

According to the arrest warrant dated Feb. 23, Nelson is charged with criminal attempt to commit a felony burglary for trying to break into the mobile home at lot 23. During his first appearance before a magistrate Nelson was denied bond.

Nelson earned the nickname the "Hatchet man of Hinesville," after he attacked a woman in the parking lot of Walmart in August 1996.

He was convicted of aggravated assault, kidnapping with bodily harm and armed robbery.

Nelson was also a person of interest for a similar attack on a woman behind the First United Methodist Church of Hinesville a week prior.

After his conviction, Liberty County Superior Court Judge Robert Russell sentenced Nelson to two consecutive life sentences without parole for the kidnapping and armed robbery and a 20-year concurrent sentence for the aggravated assault charge.

However, Nelson won two separate appeals at the appellate and state Supreme Court levels and earned a resentencing hearing.

He was given 20 years and served until Sept. 7.

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