Tennessee Supreme Court upholds death sentence


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence of a man who killed an elderly couple near Land Between the Lakes after he escaped from a Kentucky prison.

William Eugene Hall was convicted of first-degree felony murder for his role in the 1988 killings of Buford and Myrtle Vester. The couple was found shot and stabbed outside their home, and their car and other belongings were missing.

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Hall was one of eight inmates who escaped from the Kentucky State Penitentiary on June 16, 1988. Five of the escapees’ stole a pickup truck and drove over the state line into Tennessee and began a series of burglaries. Hall was later captured in Texas, and he and two other escapees were convicted of killing the Vesters.

The sentence was upheld Friday.


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