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Convicted Man Punches Prosecutor After Getting Life Sentence in Deaths of Two Jonesboro Men

JULY 22, 2004 - Posted at 7:17 a.m. CDT

 

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A man ordered to spend the rest of his life in prison after being convicted of two counts of capital murder punched a deputy prosecutor after his sentence was pronounced in a Little Rock court.

George Larue Hall punched Barbara Mariani under her left eye.  Several people quickly wrestled the 23-year-old Hall to the floor.

Mariani, who was bleeding after the assault, was taken to a hospital.

After an hour of deliberation, a jury of nine women and three men convicted Hall of killing 24-year-old Craig Tedder and 27-year-old Brad Elliot Dison, both of Jonesboro.  Prosecutors had waived the death penalty in the case.

Mariani said at trial that Hall had used the telephone at the jail to threaten witnesses in the case.  The bodies of the Arkansas State University students, who were killed in a robbery attempt, were found May 3, 2002.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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