Prosecutor: Forensic evidence links Rob Hall's gun to murder

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Rob Hall's gun was introduced as evidence during his trial.

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by Jamie Grey

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Posted on October 16, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 17 at 10:09 AM

BOISE -- Prosecutors say forensic evidence links murder suspect Rob Hall to the shooting death of Emmett Corrigan in a Walgreens parking lot last year.

It was the fifth day of testimony in the murder trial and included many new findings on what happened.

We finally started hearing more about whose fingerprints were on the gun, whose DNA was on what. But even the scientists testified that there can be several possibilities for the same sets of evidence.

On Monday, the jury saw Rob Hall's gun, the one prosecutors say was used in the shooting that left Corrigan dead and Hall injured, both from gunshots.

Today, we found out there was forensic evidence on that gun, and there was evidence from all three people who were there that night. The only fingerprint successfully recovered from the gun was Kandi Hall's. DNA from blood on the gun matched Rob Hall's.

However, there was someone else's DNA there too, and scientists can't rule out Corrigan. Scientists also tested the hands of all three people there. All three had definite gunshot residue on them, but Rob Hall's hands had markedly more particles of residue than Corrigan or Kandi Hall.

“With the findings of this population of particles, those three component particles could have come from the fact that this subject discharged a firearm, was in close proximity when a firearm was discharged or came into contact with something that had gunshot residue on it," said forensic scientist Allison Murtha.

Prosecutors had several expert forensic witnesses who refuted portions of a defense expert’s report that apparently will show a theory that the same bullet that grazed the defendant's head also hit the victim in the chest.

We still have not heard the report of that scientist, which would likely be part of the defense's case.

On Wednesday, prosecutors plan to call a drug expert, a firearms expert, and the person who taught Hall's concealed weapons class.

The latest word is that the defense may now begin on Friday.

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