Jury reaches guilty verdict in double murder trial

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

In a courtroom audience that has been nearly empty since the trial began, some of Lisa and Alan Tackett's family waited anxiously as the attorneys gave their closing statements.

"I don't know if we're any closer to understanding why it happened than we were immediately after it happened," said defense attorney Will Collins in his closing.

"It was the defense doctors that testified he eliminated the stressors. He eliminated them alright," said Floyd County Commonwealth's Attorney Brent Turner in his closing.

The defense was still clinging to its argument that Berry Hall is not mentally stable.

"He doesn't have an evil heart, and he didn't have any purpose. At that time he couldn't put two thoughts together," Collins said.

And prosecutors were still insisting that Hall should pay for a crime he admitted to.

"It should be abundantly clear to you by know what the defendant's motive was. He hated those people," Turner told the jury.

After closing arguments the jury deliberated for nearly four hours. They returned with a verdict--guilty of intentional murder but mentally ill on both counts--meaning Hall is still eligible for the death penalty but will need to receive mental health treatment while incarcerated.

They also found him guilty on all four counts of wanton endangerment for the Tackett's children who were home when their parents were shot.

Sentencing is expected to begin Friday.

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