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A jury found Hall guilty of capital murder in February 2005 and sentenced him to death. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed his conviction and sentence in June 2007. All of his subsequent appeals in state and federal court were denied.
"I killed Melanie, and I killed Arturo. I accept the punishment for it, and I'm ready to get it over with, you know." Hall said in a court hearing in March 2017. He said that his lawyers' motions requesting DNA testing were a "stall tactic" and asked to drop his appeals.
Hall's attorneys continued to file appeals, without his consent, alleging that he was mentally incompetent to be executed.
At his execution, Hall apologized to the families of both of his victims for the "pain and suffering I caused" and told them "it should have never happened." He also expressed love to his family. Finally, he told the warden, "I'm ready." The lethal injection was then started. He was pronounced dead at 6:32 p.m.
By David Carson. Posted on 7 November 2019.
Sources: Texas Department of Criminal Justice, court documents, El Paso Times, Huntsville Item.