Thursday, August 20, 2015

New trial ordered in double murder case in Floyd County

(AP) — Kentucky's Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a man who was found guilty but mentally ill of killing two neighbors in Floyd County.

The ruling Thursday pointed to 28 crime scene and autopsy photos admitted at trial as the reason for ordering the new trial for Berry Hall.

Hall was convicted in 2012 in the shooting deaths of Alan Tackett and his wife, Lisa, outside their home in 2008. Hall also was convicted on four wanton endangerment counts — one for each of the Tacketts' children, who were home when their parents were killed.

Some photos showed fatal wounds in graphic detail.

The court's majority opinion said many photos depicted the same scene and were needlessly cumulative. The opinion called it a rare abuse of a trial court's discretion in admitting gruesome photos.