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Emotional Testimony As Jury Sentences Man For Manslaughter

Emotions ran high in a Madison County courtroom Friday as a jury heard testimony in the case of a woman shot and stabbed during a robbery.

The jury convicted Douglas Wayne Hall of second-degree manslaughter late Thursday night. Police say Hall, along with Tony Hodge, killed Margaret Jackson and wounded her boyfriend, Mitchell Turner, during a robbery in Big Hill in 2006.

Jackson's mother talked Friday about how she's had to live with the heartbreak of losing her daughter. Turner, who survived a stab and gunshot wound, told jurors how the attack has changed his life.

Douglas Hall also testified, telling the victim and family members he's sorry. "I understand the way you feel", he said, "I'd feel the same way also."

In the end, the jury decided to recommend a 45 year prison sentence for Hall, much less than the 70 years it could have recommended. A judge will formally sentence Hall April 2.


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