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Magen Hall Formally Arraigned in Patrick Murphy Murder Case, Pleads Not Guilty

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Magen Hall, the woman accused of murdering Pottsville businessman Patrick Murphy in February, was formally arraigned on that and other charges Tuesday in New Orleans.

According to court records and confirmed by a spokesperson for the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office, Hall was arraigned on the following charges:

  • Second degree murder
  • Armed robbery
  • Obstruction of justice-homicide investigation

Hall, a prostitute, allegedly killed Murphy on Feb. 28 at the seedy Empress Hotel in the Treme section of New Orleans. The two were seen entering the hotel together but only she exited a few hours later. Later that morning, a housekeeper at the Empress Hotel discovered Murphy’s body in the room they rented.

Patrick Murphy Murder Update: Magen Hall Arraigned, Pleads Not Guilty

Hall appeared Tuesday before Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Judge Byron Williams. She entered a plea of not guilty at Tuesday’s arraignment.

Williams set Hall’s bond at $900,000. It previously was $750,000 on the murder charge, alone. Judge Williams added a $100,000 bond for the robbery charge and $50,000 bond for the obstruction charge on Tuesday.

New Charges Against Magen Hall

Last week, when Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizarro announced his office secured a grand jury indictment against Hall, he also revealed that Hall’s facing additional charges. Those include the armed robbery and obstruction charges.

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No details were provided on those charges other than to say it’s believed Hall leaves the Empress Hotel in New Orleans on the night of the incident with what’s believed are some of Murphy’s belongings.

Late last week, Hall’s case was assigned to Section G of the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court system. It’s 1 of 12 different criminal courts in Orleans Parish.

What’s Next in the Patrick Murphy Murder Case?

Now that Hall’s been arraigned, the next phase of the criminal court proceedings include the Discovery phase. That’s when each side in the case presents evidence it has to support their side and the opposition has a chance to examine it.

Judge WIlliams set a Discovery hearing date for Friday, June 28.

That’s when we’ll likely find out why that Orleans Parish grand jury believes Hall should answer to the robbery and obstruction charges.

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  2. Linda

    June 18, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    I am seriously wondering what she has to support her plea, of not guilty!

  3. Evelyn

    June 25, 2019 at 11:14 pm

    It is possible that there was a third person involved. Perhaps Magen’s pimp or someone else, she may claim self defense. It is still extremely odd that she would check in under her own name if she intended on robbing and killing him.

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