Mo. Woman Freed from Murder Sentence Adjusts to New Life
OZARK (AP) - A southwest Missouri woman says she's trying to rebuild her life after being found not guilty of a murder that kept her locked up for seven years.
Paula Hall, of Sparta, was found not guilty Tuesday after a second trial in the death of 68-year-old Freda Heyn, who disappeared in November 2003 from Oldfield.
Hall was in custody since her arrest in October 2006. She was convicted in 2009 of second-degree murder and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. But an appeals court overturned the conviction in 2011.
On Wednesday, Hall told KYTV that she's adjusting to being free and to realizing her nightmare is over.
Hall's attorney, Rita Sanders, says she will file a civil lawsuit against people who testified against Hall in her original trial.