Suspect in fatal attorney shooting worked for Ada County Sheriff

Suspect in fatal attorney shooting worked for Ada County Sheriff


by Justin Corr

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Idaho's NewsChannel 7

Posted on March 12, 2011 at 3:37 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 2:30 AM

MERIDIAN -- Robert Hall, the man accused of shooting and killing attorney Emmett Corrigan in a drug store parking lot Friday, was booked into the Ada County Jail on Sunday.  Hall was charged with first degree murder.

The shooting happened at about 10:20 p.m. Friday in the Walgreens parking lot on the corner of Linder and McMillan.

When police arrived, they discovered the body of Emmett Corrigan, 30, a criminal defense attorney from Meridian. He had suffered gunshot wounds to the chest and head. Officers also found a second man, Rob Hall, 42, with a superficial gunshot wound to the head. He was taken to a local hospital and treated before being booked into jail Sunday.

Hall was employed by the Ada County Sheriff's Office to give technical support.

Jason Blackwell, Corrigan's stepbrother, is angry with police because he believes the Meridian Police Dept. purposely withheld Hall's identity.

"I have been lied to and misled," said Blackwell. "If they would've been up-front and told us, I would've been grieving right now, instead of pissed."

"In order for us to put together the best case that we can, and to make sure that justice is brought forth in this investigation for the Corrigan family, there is obviously certain evidence and certain information that won't be released until it is time for us to proceed in the courtroom," said Tracy Basterrechea, Deputy Chief of Meridian Police, who said police did not hide Hall's identity because of where he worked.

The victim's family also said Hall had been stalking Corrigan for a few weeks, and agree with police that this was premeditated murder.

"He was telling me about how this guy would just show up," said Blackwell. "He'd be at the mall, he'd be at his work, everywhere he went. He's like, 'This guy's stalking me.' To me, that's premeditated. He waited for my little brother and ambushed him."

Blackwell also said Kandi Hall, Robert Hall's wife, was with Corrigan at the time of the shooting. But Blackwell dismisses any reports of a love triangle as hearsay.

"How can Emmett defend himself? He's dead," said Blackwell.  He said that Corrigan was a great husband and father to his five kids.

Blackwell added that Kandi Hall was one of Corrigan's employees, who could've been looking for legal advice.

"The only thing (Corrigan) ever mentioned about Kandi, or Kandace was that she was trying to leave (Hall), and that this guy would follow her around, and accuse her of everything," said Blackwell.

A colleague of Corrigan told us that he believes Kandi Hall was planning a divorce from Robert Hall. He said Corrigan tried to refer that divorce case to him just a few weeks ago.

Robert Hall is expected to be arraigned in Ada County Court Monday afternoon.
If you were in the area around the time of the shooting and saw or heard anything, you are encouraged to call Meridian Police or Ada County dispatch at 377-6790.