Plea deal rejected in double slaying; case set for trial
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A judge in West Virginia has rejected a plea deal in a double murder case, prompting the defendant to withdraw his guilty plea. The case will now go to trial.
The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that Judge Jennifer Bailey sentenced 43-year-old Bobby Gene Hall on Tuesday to 40 years in prison, 25 more than recommended in the deal.
Hall then revoked his guilty plea to two counts of second-degree murder. He is accused of killing 5-year-old Timothy Jett and 38-year-old Audrey Short in February 2017.
Bailey cited victim family statements influenced her decision. She said the plea deal would imprison Hall for a short time “for something that, to these family members, is a life sentence.”
Hall’s trial is set for July 15.
Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail, http://wvgazettemail.com.