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Appeals Court Upholds Judge's Decision to Overturn Paula Hall Murder Conviction

The Missouri Court of Appeals has upheld a judge's decision to overturn the murder conviction of Paula Hall.

The Missouri Court of Appeals has upheld a judge's decision to overturn the murder conviction of Paula Hall.

Hall was convicted of the 2003 murder of Freda Heyn in Oldsfield, Missouri. Heyn was reported missing by her family in November 2003.  Five months later, her remains were found in a remote area of the Mark Twain National Forest near Chadwick.

Paula Hall, her brother Billy Hall, and David Epperson were all charged in Heyn's death. Hall was found guilty in 2009 and given a 20-year prison sentence.

Then in June 2011, Hall's attorney claimed prosecutors withheld information from the defense before Hall's trial. She also argued that a witness in the case was pressured by the state to testify.

A Christian County judge overturned Hall's conviction. That ruling was then appealed by the Christian County Prosecutor in November 2011.

According to the Christian County Headliner, a representative from the Missouri Attorney General's Office argued for the state in appellate court in Springfield in April 2013. It was then remanded back to trial.

Reporter Donna Osborn says the Attorney General's office "can ask the Court of Appeals to re-hear the argument...and the office also has 15 days to make an appeal to the Missouri Supreme Court."

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