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Detective investigating murder case takes the stand in doctor's trial

The prosecution called more witnesses Wednesday in the trial of a doctor charged with murdering his wife.

The morning's testimony centered mostly around the detective investigating Dr. Steven Hall's case.

The trial is taking place in Boyle County.

The prosecution Tuesday claimed Hall killed his wife, Isabel, to be with another woman.

On Wednesday, Kentucky State Police Detective Chris Short testified when he arrived at Herrington Lake on May 28, 2009, he spoke with many witnesses who claimed to hear Isabel Hall's cries for help.

Isabel Hall was killed after being hit by a boat. Dr. Steven Hall was steering it at the time.

Detective Short says he then interviewed Dr. Hall about what happened in the moments before Isabel Hall was hit by the pontoon boat.

Short says Dr. Hall confessed to making an inappropriate comment, comparing his wife to another woman.

"When I said that it set her off and she attacked me," Short says Dr. Hall told him. "She scratched my back, she bit me. I (Dr. Hall) threw her in the water and she swam away from the boat and started screaming, 'Help, he's going to kill me.' He floored the boat to scare her. He said the boat went further than anticipated. She swam in the wrong direction and he struck her."

The defense argues during that interview with Dr. Hall, the detective used unethical interrogation methods in order to force a confession from him.

The prosecution is also expected to call the witnesses who saw Dr. Hall and his wife on the lake the day she died.


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