Southwest Missouri Woman's Murder Conviction Overturned
OZARK, Mo. (AP) -- A judge has overturned a southwest Missouri woman's 2009 murder conviction because of a legal violation by the Christian County prosecutor's office.
The Springfield News-Leader reported Thursday that Judge John Moody overturned the conviction of Paula Hall of Sparta because the jury in her trial was not told about a witness' criminal history.
Hall was found guilty in the 2003 death of Freda Heyn of Oldfield. The 68-year-old Heyn disappeared from the Oldfield post office. Her skull was found in 2004 in Mark Twain National Forest.
In a separate case, murder charges against Hall's former brother-in-law, Billy W. Hall, were dismissed Thursday.
Billy Hall was charged in 2006 with kidnapping and second-degree murder in Heyn's death. Police say charges were dropped to allow more time to gather evidence.