Prosecution rests in double murder trial

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

The prosecution rests in the trial of a man accused of gunning down two people.

Berry Hall's attorneys are now preparing to defend their client, but they will have to wait until next week to begin.

The Commonwealth wrapped up its case with more testimony and forensic evidence.

On Tuesday Prosecutors played dramatic 911 tapes from the day Berry Hall allegedly shot and killed his niece Lisa Tackett and her husband Alan in front of their four small children.

"They're both still breathing," Berry Hall's son Tony said in a call to 911.
"Ok, where's he actually shot them at?" the 911 dispatcher asked.
"You need to hurry up!" Tony yelled.

But on Wednesday, their focus was on forensics.

The Commonwealth's Attorney says the forensic evidence shows that Hall was shooting to kill.

Experts testified there was gunshot residue on Hall's hands the day of the shooting.

"This means the subject handled the firearm, discharged the firearm, and/or was in close proximity to a discharging firearm," said forensic specialist Tracy Kaeff.

Medical examiners testified that the Tacketts both died as a direct result of their gunshot wounds.

"The cause of death in Mr. Tackett was gunshot wounds," said medical examiner Cristin Rolf.

"Is this in fact the bullet that killed Lisa Tackett?" asks Floyd County Commonwealth's Attorney Brent Turner. The medical examiner, Jennifer Schott, agreed.

But defense attorneys argue that Hall was not mentally stable at the time, which they say is clear in a recorded interview at the scene.

In the tape, Hall yelled "I can't handle it" several times. Then he began to sob. A detective told him to be careful and not hurt himself while Hall continued to cry.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

The trial will not continue until Monday due to scheduling conflicts with the judge.

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