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Saturday, June 9, 2007

[CA][ID] Ex Det., former Chief Hall arrested for murder of wife Cristi

Ex San Bernardino Police Narcotics Detective, former Cascade Idaho Police Chief Blair Christopher Hall has been arrested in the murder of his wife Cristi Lynne Hall at their home in Calimesa, Riverside County, California:
...The death was immediately deemed suspicious and had been classified a homicide by early evening. Franchville was unsure of the exact cause of death but said detectives had evidence she did not drown accidentally... Hall remained jailed Friday. Bail was set at $1 million...

Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator Darren Wills at the Riverside County sheriff's Central Homicide Unit at 760-836-1632 or Investigator John Mott at the Cabazon Sheriff's Station at 951-922-7100.
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  1. In-law: former Cascade chief couldn't kill wife
    The Press-Enterprise
    04:18 PM MDT on Wednesday, June 13, 2007
    By Paul LaRocco
    [Excerpts] ...Cristi Hall's brother said Saturday he does not believe his brother-in-law is involved. "It's not something that's in his character, and we just want to say that we believe in him 100 percent," Lance Carlton said. "He should be home with us during this time"... "She was taking a bath in the Jacuzzi, and she slipped and fell," Carlton said. "And that's the end of the story"... He said his sister was not unhappy, and that Hall is not a killer. "Chris is our family," Carlton said. "He doesn't deserve this."

  2. Cristi:

  3. Comment from Youtube:

    "That makes me so sad, I lived 3 doors down from them when it happened. They were such a nice family and he was very nice too. I just don't think he did it."

    "Why? Because he "seemed so nice". People are so incredibly naive. You think you know what someone is capable of doing and not doing because they "seemed so nice". The physical evidence is overwhelming, he killed his wife. I feel bad for people who walk through life with blinders on. They have so much disappointment in their futures. Chris Hall is exactly where he should be. The extensive trauma to Christi's body, (including Chris' DNA under her fingernails) is inconsistent with his story."

    Press Enterprise
    Tuesday, May 18, 2010
    [Excerpts] With jurors deadlocked, a judge on Tuesday declared a mistrial for a former San Bernardino police detective charged with drowning his wife in their backyard Jacuzzi. Eight jurors voted to find Blair Christopher Hall guilty of murder; four favored acquittal. Riverside County Superior Court Judge Edward Webster dismissed the jury, which had deliberated for two days. Still free on $1 million bond as prosecutors seek a new trial, the 51-year-old left the courtroom surrounded his by daughters... The trial focused heavily on a single witness's account and differing interpretations of the injuries sustained by Cristi Lynne Hall... Prosecutors argued that Blair Hall, whom everyone called "Chris," held the victim's head under water as she thrashed about, then calmly dried himself off, went inside, awoke his daughter and came back outside as if he was just discovering the body. Defense countered that Cristi Hall, 46, had slipped, fell and hit her head on the concrete outside the tub during the brief time her husband had retreated to a restroom inside.... Lindsay Patterson had testified she heard a woman's piercing scream early that morning, causing her to peer through a small opening in the 5 ½-foot-tall block wall separating her mother's backyard with Hall's. She said she saw a man hold down the woman's head under water before getting out of the tub with an angry look. Minutes later, that man came back outside with someone else, screaming and crying... A new trial date will be set June 18, the same day Marshall said he'll seek a motion to dismiss the case... [Full article here]


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