SA Express News reports that a woman who was convicted of the murder of her husband in 2016 is now seeking a new trial. Frances Hall was 53 in 2013 when she ran her husband off the highway while he was riding his motorcycle. Both of them were pursuing her husband’s lover at the time. Bill Hall Jr. died on October 10, 2013.
Hall’s jury found that she acted out of “sudden passion,” which lowered her sentence from 5 to 99 years to 2 to 20 years in prison. She was sentenced to only two years. That sentence is to run concurrently with an another two-year sentence for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon because she rammed her Escalade into the Range Rover driven by Bonnie Contreras. Contreras and Hall Jr. had been having an affair for three years at the time.
Hall should be released September 7, but she is seeking her convictions to be overturned based on ineffective counsel. Legal analysts say this is a high-risk move with little reward potential. She could be charged with lesser, easier to convict charges.
Defense attorneys claim that Hall wouldn’t have been convicted if her prior team had introduced testimony from a trauma expert that stated Hall Jr. died of respiratory issues from being airlifted, and not from being in the crash. They also allege the damage to the Range Rover was preexisting and was not caused by Hall, even though Contreras testified that Hall rammed her SUV from the back multiple times.
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