State of Missouri v. Donald J. Hall

982 S.W.2d 675 (Mo.banc 1998)

Donald Hall (DOC ID 990113) was resentenced on May 18, 2007, to Life Without Parole for First Degree Murder in Greene County. Hall had been sentenced to death in 1994, and arrived at Potosi Correctional Center on November 8, 1994.

Case Facts:  Around December 10, 1992, Kimball Morton took Donald Hall to Bill White’s jewelry store in Springfield, Missouri, to have a necklace fixed. While Morton and Hall where in the store, White looked at the necklace and the three men discussed gold coins. Morton and Hall left the store with the necklace. later that day, hall talked to Morton about “going in there and robbing and killing Bill White.” Hall told Morton that it would be “real easy going in there and robbing and killing Bill White, there wasn’t no security, no cameras or nothin’.” Morton told Hall he was not “up to that.”

On December 15, 1992, Hall’s ex-wife Donna Hicks, who was living with Hall, woke up around 10:00a.m. to find Hall and Hall’s car gone. Hall was seen walking towards White’s jewelry store at approximately 10:30 a.m. on that day. Charles Ingram testified that he and Charles Slater were parked near White’s jewelry store around 10:30 a.m. The two men saw Hall walking toward the jewelry store and noticed a white car parked down the street.

Around 11:00 a.m., Hall returned to the apartment and told Hicks that he wanted her to drive him to White’s jewelry store. Hall said that he wanted to have a necklace fixed. Hicks agreed. She dropped Hall off at White’s store and parked about one block away.

Hall returned to the car less than ten minutes after Hicks dropped him off. He was carrying a paper bag and had blood on his hands. Hall said he “just blew the man’s brains out.” When Hicks asked him whether White was dead, Hall responded, “If I took this gun and put it to your head and pulled the trigger and blew your brains out, don’t you think you’d be dead?”