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Two Years Later, Trial For Jeweler’s Murder May Begin Soon March 29, 2021 (0 comments)


New Orleans, LA—Megan Hall, the woman charged with the 2019 slaying of beloved Pennsylvania jeweler Patrick Murphy (image), is set for a pre-trial conference March 31, and a jury trial may commence shortly thereafter.

Murphy was the third-generation owner of Murphy Jewelers of Pottsville, Hamburg, and Whitehall, PA. He was found stabbed to death in a hotel in New Orleans on Feb. 28, 2019.

Related: In Memoriam: Patrick J. Murphy, Jeweler and Philanthropist

The Times News Online reports that the pandemic-induced moratoriums on jury trials in Louisiana is set to expire on April 1, paving the way for Hall to stand trial. She is jailed in Orleans Parish, charged with second-degree murder, armed robbery and obstruction of justice. If convicted of the murder charge, she faces a mandatory lifetime prison sentence, says the paper. The other charges carry penalties of 10 to 99 years and 40 years, respectively.

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