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Hall trial set to start April 1

POSTED: March 17, 2014 8:00 p.m.
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Wade O’Neil Hall

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The often-delayed trial of an Effingham County man accused of a 2011 accident that killed one person and injured three others has a new start date.

Wade O’Neil Hall, who was charged with the April 18, 2011, wreck that killed Josh Stafford, will go to trial April 1-3 before Judge John R. Turner. Jury selection could be held as early as Wednesday for the case.

Hall was re-indicted last year for the incident, after an original indictment was handed down March 19, 2012. He was indicted again for two counts of vehicular homicide, six counts of serious injury by vehicle, two counts of driving under the influence and one count each of exceeding maximum speed limits, reckless driving, following too closely and weaving over the roadway.

Stafford died when the Honda Civic being driven by Hall collided with another vehicle near the intersection. Stafford was a passenger in the front seat.

Hall also was hurt in the accident and had to be extricated from the vehicle. He was airlifted to Memorial University Medical Center.

Initial reports indicated that Hall was traveling north on Midland Road when his vehicle crossed into the path of an Acura sedan. Georgia State Patrol investigators said Hall’s speed at one point was 95 mph.

Jury selection originally was held in January 2013, but in April, Judge William Woodrum recused himself from the case. The case was re-assigned to Judge Turner.

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