Paula Hall Speaks Out After Found Innocent

By Melanie Chapman |

Published 10/09 2013 07:49PM

Updated 10/10 2013 04:12AM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Not guilty.  Those were the two words Paula Hall waited a decade to hear.

Hall was charged and convicted with killing 67-year-old Freda Heyn, who disappeared in 2003.  Her remains were found in the Mark Twain National Forest the following year. 

Wednesday, Paula Hall spoke with KOLR10’s Melanie Chapman, who asked her a pointed question.  Did Hall kill that woman?

“No,” says Hall. “No. In fact, I loved her and I still do.  The one thing I regret the most is they have not convicted the killer, who they know did it and that person is still running around out there free.”

There is a 14-page document outlining the judge’s findings, lack of evidence, inconsistent witness statements.

“It hurt my feelings bad,” says Hall when she hears about the documents and its contents. “You know, when you’re living a good life, a normal life, and you’re not on drugs and you’re not doing things bad.”

The judge found no physical evidence that put Hall at the crime scene, only words of inmates and acquaintances who knew Hall.

These words were found to be not credible.

Hall’s defense attorney, Rita Sanders, believes there are a number of people who took part in the crime, but don’t belive prosecutors will ever go after them.  She fears there will never be justice for Freda Heyn.

“It’s frightening to know that someone can go out there and commit a murder and leave their blood at the crime scene,” says Sanders. “And say I didn’t do it. She did it.”

Hall and her attorney plan to file lawsuits against some of the witnesses for slander and libel.

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