Ex-NFL player De’von Hall found not guilty of murder by reason of insanity

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Former NFL defensive back De’von Hall was found not guilty of murder by reason of insanity, Nathan Fenno of the Los Angeles Times reports.

L.A. County Superior Court Judge Lauren Weis Bernstein announced the verdict during a hearing last week. The defense and prosecution agreed to the change of plea after doctors’ reports from both sides, according to the newspaper.

In April 2017, Alecia Benson was found dead inside her Los Angeles home. Police charged Benson’s only child with murdering her with his bare hands.

Hall’s mental health had delayed legal proceedings.

Hall played four games with the Colts and had scattered appearances on other teams’ practice squads.

2 responses to “Ex-NFL player De’von Hall found not guilty of murder by reason of insanity

  1. Awful, tragic situation. Hopefully he’ll get the help and treatment for his obvious problems that his mom wanted for her son now. Since he first exhibited signs of his mental illness while playing in the NFL, and demonstrated serious issues for several years before he beat his mom to death, I also hope that the people and institutions, like the NFL, look hard at what they did and see if they maybe could have done something for him sooner so that something like this doesn’t happen again.

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