Defendant takes the stand in double murder trial

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

A man charged with double murder took the stand Monday blaming his shooting rampage on the medication he was prescribed. Berry Hall is accused of killing his niece and her husband in 2008

Berry Hall's defense attorneys began calling witnesses Monday, starting with his brothers and sisters. Four of Hall's ten living siblings took the stand as the defense tried to show a history of mental illness in the family.

One of Hall's sisters and three of his brothers all claimed to have serious bouts with depression and anxiety. They all talked about mental issues their father and other siblings had as well, saying that several of them had been hospitalized at one time or another.

Then defense attorneys called on Berry Hall.

In his testimony Hall says he remembers hearing people arguing outside, but then he says he blacked out and only remembers bit and pieces. He says he remembers having some sort of hallucinations as he entered the upstairs bedroom.

"I was seeing shadows and stuff, and when I was in the bedroom I'm pretty sure I saw demons," Hall said.

But prosecutors ask if he blacked out, why did he tell police at the scene that he did it?

"The man got shot right there because the gun went out the window, and I discharged the gun, son, but that don't mean I aimed the gun at him, because I didn't," Hall said.

Hall blames his medication for making him so mad.

"Doctor Hieronymus? It's his fault?" asked Floyd County Commonwealth's Attorney Brent Turner.
"Well he's the one who prescribed the medication that caused anger," replied Hall.

Hall said that his plan was to shoot the ground to scare Lisa Tackett, and he has no memory of shooting at Alan Tackett.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

The defense will continue its case Tuesday.

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