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Woman's Murder Conviction Thrown Out

(Ozark, MO) -- A judge in Christian County has overturned the conviction of Paula Hall for the 2003 murder of Freda Heyn of Oldfield, Missouri.
(Ozark, MO) -- A judge in Christian County has overturned the conviction of Paula Hall for the 2003 murder of Freda Heyn of Oldfield, 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.  Paula Hall was convicted, but her defense attorney filed an appeal, claiming prosecutors withheld information from the defense before the trial. 

The Christian County Headliner reports Hall's attorney, Rita Sanders, believes a witness in the case was pressured by the state to testify.  That witness was an inmate of the Christian County jail at that time.
   
Paula Hall was given found guilty in February and given a 20 year prison sentence.  Prosecutors now have to decide whether to appeal the ruling.

Billy Hall is currently scheduled to go to trial for his part in the case on June 20 in Camden County, where his case was moved on a change of venue. 

Epperson faces charges of evidence tampering with a hearing set in July.
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