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    TX - Jennifer Cave, 21, brutally murdered, Austin, 16 Aug 2005

    The search continues in Austin for a University of Texas student accused in the death of a 21-year-old Corpus Christi woman.

    Police found the body of Jennifer Cave on Thursday in a condominum in a West Campus neighborhood. A family friend says Cave's body had been mutilated.
    http://www.kltv.com/Global/story.asp?S=3748371
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


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    Laura Hall, Convicted in Dismemberment Slaying of Jennifer Cave, 10 Year Sentence

    Laura Ashley Hall was convicted of felony tampering with evidence and hindering prosecution and was serving a 5 year sentence in connection with the 2005 murder and dismemberment of UT student Jennifer Cave. Colton Pitonyak is also serving a 55 year sentence for his part in Cave's Murder.


    The 3rd Court of Appeals on Feb. 19 overturned the five-year sentence of Laura Ashley Hall-- the appellate court upheld Hall's actual conviction, but ruled that prosecutorial missteps entitle Hall to a new sentencing trial. A new jury will be seated to hear all of the evidence and issue a new verdict re: sentencing. Pending the new trial, Hall is free on $150,000 bond.

    You can read the appellate Opinion here.

    Hall To Get a New Trial, via MyFoxHouston, Feb. 19 2009

    Laura Hall Free On Bond, via The Austin Chronicle, Feb. 27, 2009

    Anyone who hasn't heard about this case should check it out-- very, very disturbing.

    The brutal slaying of Jennifer Cave was profiled during an episode of 48 Hours:
    Read In Too Deep, 48 Hours Transcript.
    Watch the broadcast online here.

    Kathryn Casey also profiled the murder of Jennifer Cave in her true crime book Amazon.com: A Descent Into Hell: The True Story of an Altar Boy, a Cheerleader, and a Twisted Texas Murder (9780061230875): Kathryn Casey: Books@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51bvG8-79bL.@@AMEPARAM@@51bvG8-79bL

    Jennifer Cave's mother also worked to get the Texas legislature to enact The Jennifer Cave Act, a bill which allows the criminal desecration of a corpse to be prosecuted as a felony.

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    Did anyone else follow this case? I was outraged by Hall's original sentence and am now totally shocked that she's already free!
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    Yes, I have followed this case. I am up the road from UT. I'm completely disgusted and nauseated that she is free. Her original sentence was a farce.
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    I'm reading Kathryn Casey's book right now. I'm just at the part where Colton has been arrested and Laura is telling everyone her story is going to be that they were on vacation and she knew nothing about Jennifer's murder.

    What a horrible, horrible tragedy this was.


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    OMG

    My daughter is finishing up her freshman year at UT as I type...I can't believe I have never heard of this case! She'll also be moving into an apartment in West Campus for the summer - yikes! I'm off to buy the book now....


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    I recently read the book by Kathryn Casey about this case. What a slap on the wrist Laura got.


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    I have never even heard about this case...all I can say is WHAAaaaaaat? she's getting out? S*I*C*K


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    I just read this book. There haven't been many people on this earth that have disgusted as much as Laura and Colton.


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    Woman convicted in connection with grisly Austin murder screams, begs for release in court

    by CLARA TUMA / KVUE News
    Posted on February 9, 2010 at 8:50 AM

    AUSTIN, Texas -- A woman convicted of tampering with evidence in a brutal 2005 murder is back in jail.

    Laura Hall screamed and begged to be released as deputies forcibly removed her from Judge Wilford Flowers' courtroom Monday morning.

    Hall had hoped to remain free on bond until a new sentencing hearing, which is tentatively scheduled for next month, but the judge said he had no choice but to order her locked up until that hearing takes place.

    Hall was convicted of hindering apprehension and tampering with evidence in connection with the 2005 murder of Jennifer Cave.

    When told she would be taken into custody, Hall began screaming: "Please get me out of this," and "You need to let me go home."

    Court officers forcibly removed her from the courtroom. Outside of public view, Hall apparently collapsed because officers could be heard saying loudly, "Get on your feet. On your feet."


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    Oh my gosh! I'm glad she is back in jail. What did she mean "she is innocent"? She has been convicted! And the appeal was not even about her conviction - just how much time she received. I hope she gets a whole lot longer that 5 years, now!

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    i saw this case on 48 hours mystery and to tell you truth i still am not convinced she did what they charged her with.
    if i recall the evideence they had was her fingerprints in the living room (not on the bathtub where she was dismembered) and this guys testimony to try to save some of his own behind.


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    The appeal was completed in March of 2009. Why has it taken this long to put her back in jail until the new sentencing trial?

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    Reporter on The Early Show this morning said a new witness has come forward saying that Laura Hall made the statement that she got away with murder...


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    i bet its someone she shared a cell with once,


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    Wow, how sad that she's free pending sentencing. very very sad day. Sure, go ahead, give her the green light to do it again. already saying prayers for all of the released murderers next victims. At this rate, it's all I can do
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