Sentencing begins for Berry Hall

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

Sentencing has begun for Berry Hall, who was found guilty Thursday on two counts of murder. Now the jury has to decide if Hall should spend the rest of his life in prison or die for the crime they say he committed.

Family and friends for both sides gave emotional appeals to the jury on Friday before they make their decision.

Berry Hall entered the courtroom Friday as a convicted murderer but showed no emotion as his attorneys asked the jury to spare his life.

"You could put Berry in prison for a lengthy period of time, perhaps the rest of his natural life, but we will ask you, we will beg you not to kill him," defense attorney Jim Gibson told the jury.

Family members there for the prosecution took the stand to describe what a loss the Tacketts' death has been.

"He took my brother away from me. We were close. He took Lisa away from me. We were close too," said Alan Tackett's sister Norita Collins.

Tonda Hall--married to Berry's brother Burly (Lisa Tackett's dad)--said, "I want her back so bad I just can't stand it. I don't think my life will ever be the same without her."

She also talked about the impact it has had on the Tackett's four young children who witnessed the murders. They are now in the custody of Tonda and Burly.

"She wanted to know why that bad man took her mommy and daddy away, and I couldn't tell her why because I don't know," Tonda said.

But others tried one last time to tell the jury that Hall was a good man until that day when something went terribly wrong in his mind.

"He definitely is an honest person, and he has more morals than most people in the world have," said Berry's sister Suette Morris.

Berry's nephew Darrell got teary eyed as he added, "Never thought he'd have done something like that. He'd always give you the shirt off his back."

The minimum sentence Hall can receive is 20 years for each count of murder, meaning he would be nearly 90 if he ever got out. Other options are life in prison, life without parole, and the death penalty.

The jury will begin deliberation on Monday.

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