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Guilty plea in vehicular homicide case

Updated: Wednesday, February 12 2014, 10:23 PM EST



Robert William Hall, who faces multiple charges in connection to a fatal car crash in December 2013, pleaded guilty to Count Two, listed in the indictment of aggravated vehicular homicide Wednesday in Jefferson County Court. The charge is a felony in the third degree and comes with a possible sentence of anywhere from 12 to 60 months.

Hall, 22, was driving home from a bar Dec. 8, when he crashed along County Road 47. A passenger, Adam Douglas Mathews, was ejected from the vehicle. Minutes later, after Hall had allegedly left the scene, Mathews was hit and dragged by another vehicle. He died as a result of his injuries.

Hall pleaded guilty on aggravated vehicular homicide count so both families could begin the healing process, according to defense attorney, Aaron Miller.

“It is an unusual step,’’ Prosecuting Attorney Jane M. Hanlin said. “(Hall) has accepted responsibility for driving recklessly and causing the death of Mr. Matthews in that manner, He however has not accepted responsibility for driving under the influence of alcohol and that's what the remainder of those charges in the indictment pertain to."

Hall pleaded not guilty to other charges against him – a felony count in the second degree of vehicular homicide, failure to stop after an accident, and operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

According to Hanlin, Hall’s blood alcohol level was two times the legal limit four hours after the crash.

The additional charges and Wednesday’s guilty plea will be taken into consideration when Hall goes before a judge for trial. A date for that has not yet been set. He remains out of jail after previously posting a $25,000 bond.

Arraignments in latest round

 Several cases went before Judge David E. Henderson in Jefferson County on Wednesday.  Nearly 20 people were arraigned following the latest round of grand jury indictments which were handed down earlier this month.

 Among them:

-- Alterick Rogers: indicted on a number of charges, including Felonious Assault, Having a Weapon Under Disability, and Menacing by Stalking. He’s accused of shooting a Steubenville man in the leg.

-- Dustin Phelps and Shawn A. Rood were also arraigned Wednesday. Both men are accused of breaking into several businesses across Jefferson County in November. The two face Multiple Complicity to Breaking and Entering charges in addition to one count of theft.

-- Tyler A. Gregg faces one count of Aggravated Robbery and one count of Theft, as he and two other juveniles are accused of assaulting a Mingo Junction pizza delivery driver.

-- Robert M.Lollathin, Jr. is accused of one count of Arson.



Guilty plea in vehicular homicide case

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