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Plea deal rejected in Kanawha double slaying; case set for trial

A Kanawha County Circuit Court judge rejects a plea deal for Bobby Gene Hall, shown in this file photo, in a double murder case, prompting the defendant to withdraw his guilty plea. The case will now go to trial. (WCHS/WVAH)

A judge in West Virginia has rejected a plea deal in a double murder case, prompting the defendant to withdraw his guilty plea. The case will now go to trial.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported that Judge Jennifer Bailey sentenced Bobby Gene Hall, 43, on Tuesday to 40 years in prison, 25 more than recommended in the deal.

Hall then revoked his guilty plea to two counts of second-degree murder. He is accused of killing Timothy Jett and Audrey Short in February 2017. Jett and Short were fatally shot at a home on Garrison Avenue in Charleston.

Bailey cited victim family statements influenced her decision. She said the plea deal would imprison Hall for a short time "for something that, to these family members, is a life sentence."

Hall's trial is set for July 15.

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