Megan Hall was featured on the Netflix series Jailbirds New Orleans and she is facing a murder charge in the stabbing death of Patrick Murphy. According to police reports Megan Hall allegedly stabbed Patrick Murphy twice in the neck inside of a hotel room in New Orleans. Megan Hall would be arrested and would be charged with robbery and murder.
Since her arrest in 2019 Megan Hall has also been charged with sexual battery however no information regarding that charge has been made public. Due to COVID Louisiana courts are backed up so Megan Hall trial has yet to start. If found guilty Megan Hall could spend the rest of her life in prison
Update 2022 – Megan Hall would plead guilty to manslaughter and received a 10 year prison sentence
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Megan Hall, the woman charged with killing Pottsville businessman Patrick J. Murphy in a New Orleans hotel room in February 2019, is scheduled to go to trial Sept. 27 in that city.
At a pretrial conference Wednesday, the court set the tentative trial date for Hall, 27, of New Orleans. Hall and her lawyer, John Fuller, appeared at the conference virtually.ADVERTISING
The court also scheduled another pretrial conference for Sept. 20.
Hall, formerly of Tennessee, faces charges of second-degree murder, armed robbery and obstruction of justice. She remains in prison under $750,000 bail
New Orleans police allege Hall stabbed Murphy, 62, three times early Feb. 28, 2019, in a room at the Empress Hotel in the city’s Treme section. Hall stabbed Murphy once in the neck and twice in the abdomen, according to prosecutors.
A housekeeper discovered Murphy’s body at 11:41 a.m. in a room registered to Hall, prosecutors allege.
Video surveillance footage showed Murphy and Hall arriving at the hotel together at 2:10 a.m., according to prosecutors. Hall was seen leaving the hotel room alone and briskly walking out the front door at 3:42 a.m., prosecutors allege.
Police said they believe Hall left with some of Murphy’s possessions.
No one else was seen entering or leaving the room until the housekeeper eight hours later, according to prosecutors.
Murphy and his family have operated Murphy Jewelers in downtown Pottsville since 1913. The business also has locations near Hamburg, Berks County, and in Lehigh Valley Mall. Murphy’s civic involvement included service on the Pottsville Parking Authority and Pottsville Area school board.
Hall faces a mandatory life sentence if convicted of second-degree murder. As is the case in Pennsylvania, a life sentence in Louisiana carries no chance of parole. She also faces maximum prison sentences of 99 years and 40 years, respectively, on charges of armed robbery and obstruction of justice
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A woman waiting trial for the murder of Patrick Murphy, of Pottsville in New Orleans is now facing sexual battery charges.
In 2019, the body of Patrick Murphy, 62, of Pottsville, was found with three stab wounds inside a room at the Empress Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana.
An investigation found that the hotel room was registered to a Megan Hall, 25, with Hall later being charged with second degree murder, armed robbery, and obstruction of justice.
She was later taken into custody and has been locked up in a New Orleans correction facility waiting trial, which has been rescheduled numerous times over the past several years.
According to Magisterial Court Documents, on March 11th, 2021, Hall was formally charged with sexual battery. A hearing is scheduled for May 11th, 2022 on the new charge.
Hall’s trial for the murder is scheduled to begin on April 18th, 2022.
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A woman who pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing a prominent Schuylkill County businessman in a New Orleans hotel room could serve less than eight years in prison after she had the majority of her sentence suspended as part of a plea deal.
Megan Hall, 28, of Munford, Tenn., pleaded guilty to manslaughter, armed robbery and obstruction of justice in New Orleans Criminal Court on Monday, according to court records.
Hall received 25 years for each of the three charges to which she pleaded, but those sentences will run
concurrently, court records show.
The judge also suspended 15 of the 25 years, though that time could be reinstated depending on her behavior while incarcerated.
Hall will also receive credit for almost three years of time served, meaning she could potentially serve less than eight more years.
A count of second-degree murder was amended to the manslaughter charge as part of her plea agreement. If convicted of second-degree murder, Hall would have faced a mandatory life sentence. In Louisiana, second-degree murder is a slaying committed during a felony.
Murphy and his family have operated Murphy Jewelers in downtown Pottsville since 1913. Murphy expanded the business, adding locations in Hamburg and in the Lehigh Valley Mall near Whitehall, Lehigh County.
Hall’s murder trial had been pushed back several times due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
She is also charged with sexual battery in a separate case and awaits court action on that charge, according to online court records.
According to prosecutors:
Hall stabbed Murphy, 62, once in the neck and twice in the abdomen in a room at the Empress Hotel on Feb. 28, 2019.
A housekeeper discovered Murphy’s body at 11:41 a.m. in a room registered to Hall.
Video surveillance cameras showed Murphy and Hall arriving at the hotel together at 2:10 a.m. Hall was seen leaving the hotel room alone and briskly walking out the front door at 3:42 a.m.
Hotel guests told police that they heard a struggle and a woman yelling around 3:30 a.m.
Murphy had been visiting the city after attending a jewelry convention in Arizona.
When the district attorney’s office was asked by two New Orleans newspapers — the Times-Picayune and the New Orleans Advocate — whether the victim’s family approved of the resolution, prosecutors released this statement:
“Going to trial isn’t for every victim or family. The emotional and mental anguish of seeing the person who has harmed you or your loved one is sometimes too much to bear. In this case, the DA’s office worked closely with the victim’s family, and they urged us to negotiate a resolution with Megan Hall precisely in order to avoid the trauma of reliving their loss in a trial.
“With our office securing the conviction of manslaughter, armed robbery and obstruction of justice via guilty plea, Hall is now facing many years in prison. Her conviction is another example of our office using every tool in our arsenal as prosecutors to ensure that justice is served.”