Beaverton man found guilty except for insanity of murder
A Beaverton man was found guilty except for insanity of murder Wednesday, July 15, in the death of his elderly father.
Prosecutors with the Washington County District Attorney's Office say that on April 6, 2018, Dennis Hall called police to report that his son shot him inside of a residence on Southwest Hoodview Place in Beaverton.
Beaverton police responded and ordered Gregory Hall to come out of the home. Hall then exited the home and was apprehended by responding officers.
After entering the residence, police reportedly found Dennis Hall lying on the kitchen floor, suffering from several gunshot wounds. Police rendered aid and called for an ambulance, but the elder Hall died from his wounds before medics could reach the hospital.
Beaverton police detectives gathered what prosecutors characterized as overwhelming evidence of the defendant's guilt, including a written confession. Gregory Hall allegedly told detectives he was involved in an argument with his father that led to the shooting.
It was evident to police that Hall suffered from a chronic mental illness, but he told psychologists with the Oregon State Hospital that he killed his father out of anger, according to the Washington County District Attorney's Office.
"It was undisputed that Mr. Hall killed his father, and the trial consisted of an inquiry into his mental state at the time of the killing," the DA's Office said in a statement. "While doctors with the Oregon State Hospital determined that the defendant did not meet the criteria for a guilty except for insanity finding, ultimately Judge Erwin agreed with the defense psychologist that due, in large part, to a lack of adequate medication, the defendant was indeed guilty except for insanity."
Judge Andrew Erwin found Gregory Dennis Hall guilty except for insanity on one count of murder with a firearm.
Senior Deputy District Attorney John Gerhard and Deputy District Attorney Dustin Staten prosecuted the case against Hall.
A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, July 29.
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