Missouri judge to revisit Paula Hall murder conviction

Thursday, September 22, 2011 | 11:47 a.m. CDT

OZARK — A judge is considering whether to overturn the murder conviction of a southwest Missouri woman for the second time.

Christian County Judge John Moody heard evidence Wednesday in a hearing for Paula Hall, 43, of Sparta. She was convicted in 2009 in the death of Oldfield resident Freda Heyn. Hall is serving a 20-year sentence.

Her attorney argued that the conviction should be overturned because errors by the prosecutor violated Hall's due process rights. Prosecutors said the errors did not affect the outcome of the trial.

The Springfield News-Leader reported that Moody had overturned Hall's conviction in June but vacated that decision in July. He allowed both sides to present evidence on Wednesday during a post-conviction hearing.

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