AUSTIN (KXAN) - Day 1 of testimony at Laura Hall’s resentencing trialbegan Tuesday with several witnesses who were in contact with Hall,Jennifer Cave and Colton Pitonyak in the hours surroundingCave’s murder.
The jury of nine men and three women heard opening statementsprosecution and defense attorneys presented in which AssistantDistrict Attorney Allison asked the jurors to not only consider thecrime but also the criminal when considering a sentence forHall’s role in the grisly crime.
Hall attorney Joe Sawyer tried to paint Pitonyak as a“psychotic sociopath” who murdered Cave withoutHall’s help.
Witnesses said Cave was with Pitonyak on the night of Aug. 16,2005 and appeared happy as the two visited bars on SixthStreet.
A friend of Hall testified the defendant urged Pitonyak tocontinue to dismember Cave’s body after the murder.
Attorneys spent most of the first day trying to paint a timelineof events for the jury.
The families of Hall and Cave watched from the front row of thethe courtroom until late in the afternoon when Cave's mother leftthe courtroom while graphic physical and photographed evidence fromthe crime scene was shown to the jury.
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