Verdict handed down in four-year-old double murder trial
In a courtroom audience that has been nearly empty since the trial began, some of Lisa and Alan Tackett's family waited anxiously as the attorneys gave their closing statements. The defense was still clinging to its argument that Berry Hall is not mentally stable while the other while the prosecution insisted that Hall pay for the crimes he admitted to.
After closing arguments the jury deliberated for nearly four hours. They returned with a verdict--guilty of intentional murder but mentally ill on both counts.
The means Hall is still eligible for the death penalty and will need to receive mental health treatment while incarcerated. The jury also found him guilty on all four counts of wanton endangerment for the Tackett's children who were home when their parents were shot. Sentencing is expected to begin Friday.
Follow the trial:
- April 5: Jury selection
- April 18: Trial begins
- April 20: Prosecution rests
- April 25: Hall takes the stand
- April 27: More of Hall's own testimony