Jurors will resume their deliberations in the Robert Hall murder case Thursday morning with the same set of questions they had the day before: Did Hall kill Emmett Corrigan with premeditation and purpose on March 11, 2011, or did something else happen?
Prosecutors say the 42-year-old Hall shot and killed Corrigan, his wifes boss, in the parking lot of a Meridian drugstore that night because Hall suspected they were having an affair which turned out to be true.
Halls attorneys tell a different story. They say he was looking for his wife, Kandi, that night when Corrigan attacked him. They say a gun fell out of his pocket during a struggle and discharged.
After more than two weeks of testimony, which included more than 60 witnesses and more than 150 evidence exhibits, its now up to a jury of 7 women and 5 men to determine whether Hall is guilty of first-degree murder.
Prosecutor Jason Spillman told the jury Wednesday that Hall hunted Corrigan down, waiting in the parking lot for 17 minutes that night for Kandi Hall and Corrigan to come back to her car.
Spillman said Hall waited until all eyewitnesses were out of the parking lot and Kandi Hall turned her back before he executed Corrigan, shooting him in the head and chest during a verbal argument before turning around to face Kandi Hall while he shot himself.
Spillman said the placement of the shell casings ejected from the gun support this theory that two were facing in the direction where Corrigan was killed, while the third faced the other way, after Hall turned around to face his wife.
There is no credible evidence (that the argument between Hall and Corrigan) ever became physical or that Emmett Corrigan ever laid a finger on (Hall), Spillman said. What was the defendant doing at Walgreens? He was hunting.
Spillman also said gunpowder residue found on Halls hands and the lack of residue on Corrigans is a clear indication that Hall fired the gun. Spillman also asked the jury to pull the trigger on the .38-caliber handgun during its deliberations, pointing out that it takes 7 pounds of pressure to do so.
Use your common sense this shows you (Hall) is the only one who fired a gun, Spillman told the jury.
Defense attorney Rob Chastain told the jury Wednesday during his closing statement that prosecutors presented no evidence no eyewitness testimony, no video about what exactly happened during the altercation.
Chastain said the more likely scenario is that an aggressive Corrigan, who was very protective of Kandi Hall and really disliked Robert Hall and was under the influence of steroids attacked Hall that night, and the gun went off during the struggle.
Nobody can prove Rob Hall controlled the gun when Emmett Corrigan was shot, Chastain said. Emmett fought with (Hall) and the gun fell out of his pocket. The case is absolutely consistent with self-defense. Patrick Orr: 377-6219, Twitter: @IDS_Orr