JUDGEMENT DAY NEARS – Trial Date Set in Patrick Murphy Murder Case
We have a trial date in the Patrick Murphy murder case.
According to court records, on Thursday, the judge set a trial date of Oct. 8. That’s when Magen Hall finally faces second-degree murder, armed robbery, and obstruction charges in the death of Pottsville businessman Patrick Murphy.
Hall allegedly killed Murphy on Feb. 28 at the Empress Hotel in the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans.
Murphy visited New Orleans with his wife, Kim, following a business trip in Arizona. On the night in question, the Murphys apparently were not together the whole time. That’s when Patrick Murphy met Hall, a prostitute, and they retired to the Empress Hotel to complete their transaction.
Trial Date Set in Patrick Murphy Murder Case
Judge Williams also scheduled a pre-trial conference in this case for Sept. 26.
At Thursday’s proceedings, Hall appeared with her attorney, John Fuller, of New Orleans. The Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office was represented by ADA Sarah Dawkins.
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Hall sits in prison since March 3, when she turned herself in to authorities who sought her in connection with Murphy’s death.
She and her attorney have stayed silent on the case for the most part. What little Fuller has said indicates Hall wants to fight the charges against her. Going to try pretty much confirms that.
During hearings prior to Thursday, Fuller fought against the second-degree murder charges, that imply some type of pre-meditation on his client’s part. He argues that Hall wouldn’t have used her own ID to reserve the room at the Empress Hotel that fateful night.
However, in securing a formal grand jury arraignment, the DA’s office got the robbery and obstruction of justice charges added against Hall. That indicates the DA’s office believes it has more evidence of Hall’s motive than they’ve let on so far.
If convicted of second-degree murder, Hall faces a mandatory life sentence in prison.
The District Attorney’s office does not comment on open cases, according to a spokesperson. And Fuller did not return a phone call from The Canary Friday.
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