Crime

Doctor offered plea deal in wife's murder

DANVILLE — A Harrodsburg doctor accused of killing his wife last year has until May 25 to decide whether he will accept a plea offer from the prosecutor.

Dr. Steven Hall, 47, appeared in Boyle Circuit Court on Tuesday for a pretrial conference. Terms of the plea offer were not discussed during the hearing. Neither the prosecution or the defense would discuss details of the offer after Tuesday's hearing, but Commonwealth's Attorney Richard Bottoms said the plea offer made to Hall "could be satisfactory."

Hall is charged with murder in the death of his wife, Isabel Hall, 49, on May 29, 2009. He is scheduled to go on trial Aug. 16 in Danville.

Judge Darren Peckler scheduled another pretrial conference for May 25.

An indictment last year said Hall killed his wife by striking her with a pontoon boat, causing fatal injuries.

Hall told Kentucky State Police his wife's death was an accident.

The couple had gone to the lake to celebrate their 21st anniversary, but they got into an argument and then a struggle, during which Isabel Hall bit Steven Hall on the back of his shoulder. He responded by shoving her into the water, according to testimony heard during a preliminary hearing last year.

Steven Hall told police his wife began yelling, "Help! Help me! He's trying to kill me!" The doctor told police he put the boat "full throttle" toward his wife "to try to scare her" but he wound up hitting her.

Defense attorney Steve Romines said during a preliminary hearing last year Hall's eyeglasses were knocked off during the struggle and Hall's eyesight is "terrible."

Steven Hall lived in Harrodsburg and had a family practice there, but he was indicted in neighboring Boyle County because that's where the alleged crime happened.

He is being held at the Boyle County jail on a $2 million bond.

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