Kandi Hall the central figure in her husbands just completed second-degree murder trial wont find out until Dec. 12 whether she will go to prison for stealing more than $1,000 from her boss in 2010 in an unrelated case.
Hall, 40, pleaded guilty in April to a charge of grand theft as part of a plea agreement with Ada County prosecutors, who dropped charges of offering a forged document and fraud by computer.
Fourth District Judge Timothy Hansen granted her lawyers request to move the case back two weeks so Hall can get the mental health evaluation she was supposed to get done during the summer. Hall has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, according to court testimony.
Fridays delay marks the fourth time Hall has asked to delay her sentencing hearing.
Ada County deputy prosecutor John Dinger told Hansen Friday he was concerned that Hall might be asking for the delays as a stalling tactic, pointing out the order for the mental health evaluation was given months ago.
Public defender Tony Geddes, who is representing Hall, blamed himself for the delay. Geddes said Halls previous lawyer, private attorney John Sutton, "didnt handle the case very well, and he was still trying to figure out the details of Halls plea agreement and why she accepted it in the first place.
Grand theft is punishable by up to 14 years in prison; the plea agreement did not include a deal on a recommended sentence.
Hall is accused of embezzling about $32,000 in payments from clients to her former boss, Boise attorney Jared Martens, between March and November 2010. Prosecutors say she put the money into her PayPal account and then transferred it to a debit card and another account, both in her name, according to court records.
In April, Hall admitted to stealing more than $1,000 from Martens. Its unclear how much Kandi Hall will have to repay.
Kandi Hall is also a key figure in her husband Rob Halls second-degree murder case.
Kandi Hall was the only one who was present when Rob Hall shot and killed Emmett Corrigan in the parking lot of a Waglreens in March 2011. Corrigan, a Boise-based attorney, was Kandi Halls boss and lover at the time.
Prosecutors say Rob Hall killed Corrigan because he was jealous and angry. Police say Rob Hall shot Corrigan twice and then tried to shoot himself in the head but missed.
Halls attorneys say he was shoved by Corrigan first and the gun went off after it was knocked out of the pocket of Halls sweatshirt and that anything that happened was self defense.
Kandi Hall told Meridian police and other people in March 2011 that there was no physical contact between Rob Hall and Corrigan before the shooting. Kandi Hall changed her story while testifying in the murder case earlier this fall, telling jurors Corrigan shoved Rob Hall first.
Jurors ultimately agreed with prosecutors, finding Rob Hall guilty of second degree murder in October. Rob Hall will find out how long he will go to prison in January.
Fourth District Judge Michael McLaughlin said Thursday that jurors in the Rob Hall case had every right to disregard (Kandi Hall's) testimony (and), frankly, any testimony by Ms. Hall. In my 31 years on the bench, I dont think Ive seen a witness more thoroughly discredited over the course of proceeding.