Doctor pleads not guilty to charge he killed wife with boat

A well-known doctor accused of murdering his wife of 21 years appeared in court Tuesday morning in Boyle County. Dr. Steven Hall had little to say when told of the murder charge against him. His lawyer entered a not guilty plea on Dr. Hall's behalf.

Police say the doctor ran over his wife, Isabel, in Herrington Lake on Friday with the couple's boat.

Police say several people witnessed Hall hit his wife and they believe it was intentional. Court documents show Hall told police he and his wife got into an argument, he threw her off the boat into the lake. He further stated he drove the boat towards her to scare her, but accidentally hit her.

Police and the coroner on the scene Friday said Hall tied his dead wife to the boat so she wouldn't float away.

Steven Hall is scheduled to be back in court Thursday for a preliminary hearing. In the meantime he remains in jail without bond.


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  • by HippieChick Location: Paintsville on Jun 5, 2009 at 06:36 AM
    Jeannie the reason everyone is so quick to figure things out is because a lot of people can see through a lot of BS. He may have been so enraged when he threw her off the boat that all he saw was red and his actions really didn't come back to him until it was already over and his wife was dead. This world has gone to the dogs and until people are apropriately punished for their crimes and not able to plead down will the world finally pull itself out of a tailspin and be the "way it used to be" where you could walk down the street without worry, stay out late, let your kids walk alone and not have to worry about all the killing, drugs and other crimes that we have to worry about today.
  • by Knott county resident Location: Knott county on Jun 5, 2009 at 05:01 AM
    WHY does people say, " I know he would not do that, I know him". YOU DO NOT KNOW ANYONE !!!!!
  • by Audrey Location: Harrodsburg on Jun 4, 2009 at 08:01 PM
    He did not explain as to why he tied her to the boat other than the fact that he did not want her to float away, your right. But, why did he not run? All that the witnesses saw was a man they never personally identified hall at all. For all we knew she could have had another man out there. He did not run, he pulled the boat up and parked it and waited for authorities to come. I believe that that says more than the crime itself. I believe that it says you can trust the person that is not going to run like a scared cat. I do not believe this is a mug shot either, I believe it is a doctoral pic. The reason I say this is because I have seen this very shirt on his back in his office while he was doctoring. I personally had my daughter in there because of her sickness. I will take her to him if he gets off, and personally hopefully he will. I am personally praying for the whole family.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 4, 2009 at 02:09 PM
    well he should get the same as others in jail. well i dont no some get out early..owell
  • by MG on Jun 4, 2009 at 12:43 PM
    He admitted to driving at her. Best case for him with that statement is reduced charges but he is going to jail. Thats like me saying I shot at someone but only meant to hit them in the arm and they died... Its still my fault just as this is his. Time to find a new doctor people.
  • by Mark Location: Danville on Jun 3, 2009 at 05:46 PM
    That IS his mugshot. He is in the same shirt that he had on at the lake. The mugshot is the first thing that they do.
  • by Anonymous Location: East Ky. on Jun 3, 2009 at 04:51 PM
    All other points aside, accidental or intentional, did he try to resusitate her? He is a doctor, so if it were an accident why wouldn't he do everything in his power to save her? Did he offer an explanation as to why he would tie his wife to the boat to keep her from floating away? I see comments from those stating he would never do anything to hurt someone, so I'd like to see one of them explain that.
  • by Jeannie on Jun 3, 2009 at 02:17 PM
    Boy, we sure have built-in biases. If anyone would bother to look at the postings on the story about the child that died from ingesting meth products, then you will see there is hardly anyone believing it could be an accident. There are many who don't even care if it was an accident. Granted, there are a few posting here who believe he's guilty, but many also don't. This report states the Dr. told cops that he threw her in the water and drove the boat toward her, but somehow he could be innocent. I suppose he could be innocent, but I believe his admitted actions will ensure he spends a good amount of time behind bars, even if conclusion is involuntary manslaughter.
  • by Emily Location: SC on Jun 3, 2009 at 09:37 AM
    Posted by: hollie on Jun 2, 2009 at 04:05 PM Mark in Danville at 2:09 PM, I think that's his drivers license pic, not his mug shot. This is NOT his Drivers License photo. his drivers license photo is a picture of him in a suit and tie with an even bigger smile. I know this for a fact! now.. does that look like a man who accidentally killed his wife??
  • by Anonymous on Jun 3, 2009 at 09:00 AM
    Exactly AMUSED, I was in abusive relationship for a year, he treated me like Queen in public, but behind close door, I was treated no better than garbage. When it did finally come out, everyone took his side, because they never saw him treat me that way and I was branded as a lair, even by my own parents. Abusers are CON-ARIST, they are good at spinning their lies, and having people suck into there world.
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