Adam Harrison Hall Gets 17 Years for Murder of Pedestrian He Drove into Blazing on Meds

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A driver found guilty in February of murder, DUI and forging prescriptions was sentenced today to 17 years to life in state prison.

Asked in January if a murder count for the DUI-related slaying of a pedestrian was proper, Weekly readers engaged in a lively debate in our comments section.

Adam Harrison Hall, Twice Convicted of DUI and Accused of Blazing on Meds in Fatal Crash, Faces Murder Count; Is That Right?

In case you missed it: Hall, who had two previous DUI convictions, was blazing on methamphetamine, Diazepam, Nordiazepam, Alprazolam, Hydroxyalprazolam, Oxazepam, Temazepam, amphetamine, Morphine, and 11-nor-9-carboxy-delta-9-tetrahyrocannabinol (THCA) as he drove his Ford SUV through a red light at Moulton Parkway and Nueva Vista Drive in Laguna Niguel after 11 a.m. on Feb. 13, 2011, striking a Toyota SUV. Both vehicles spun out and the Toyota occupants were injured. The Ford continued up the curb, onto the sidewalk and into Mara Lynnes Steves, who was walking a dog. The 48-year-old died from her injuries.

Hall was arrested but out of custody before the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) filed charges against him. Sheriff's deputies called to take him back into custody found him at a CVS pharmacy, where he was trying to pick up Xanax and Norco with forged prescriptions. Further investigation found he'd called Elizabeth Rene Parker, a friend who worked at a doctor's office, to get the scripts. She later pleaded guilty to second degree burglary and obtaining a prescription by fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation and was sentenced to two years in state prison. 

A jury on Feb. 14 found Hall guilty of one felony count of murder, one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of drugs, two felony counts of obtaining or possessing drugs secured by a forged prescription, and one felony count of forgery of prescription.

At today's sentencing, three friends of Steves and her husband, daughter, son and mother delivered victim impact statements to the court, according to an OCDA conviction statement. Husband John Steves' stated the family is suffering a life sentence because of the tragedy, while the couple's daughter, Hannah Steves, said that she lost a mother and best friend who would not be there to see her grow up, get married and have children.

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duraga
duraga

This is sad, not just for the victims but also for Mr. Hall, the justice system failed. How can Adam not be guilty of cuasing the accident but guilty of murder that resulted. They should put the person who took the red light and hit hall into this woman in jail. That person walked free.

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

Why do so many drug names end in -am? 

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

Pretty sad. The Prescription drug epidemic is really causing some damage. Someone should call Lou Correa.

TheFoodieEngineer
TheFoodieEngineer

@duraga The judge at the trial stated that he can either be convicted of driving under the influence or causing great bodily harm to the occupants in the other vehicle as an enhancement but not both. The DA did not produce any medical records indication great bodily harm to the other occupants in the crash. This is essentially preventing him from being charged twice. Mr. Hall did run the red light and caused the accident. I witnessed the evidence at the trial myself.

Willy3C
Willy3C

@duraga

What are you talking about?? Re-read the article.  Hall is the one who ran the red light, the other vehicle was ALSO a victim.

"Hall, who had two previous DUI convictions, was blazing on meth[etc., etc.] as he drove his Ford SUV through a red light at Moulton Parkway and Nueva Vista Drive in Laguna Niguel after 11 a.m. on Feb. 13, 2011, striking a Toyota SUV."

duraga
duraga

@ogrady.matthew @duraga @willy3c  Sir if you were at the trial yourself you couldn't have missed the 5 different witnesses who stated that Adam Hall did not run the red light. The doctor; who was driving the other vehicle testified and tried to defend himself. Of course he got away with the crime. Was it possible the DA just wanted another point on his belt and possibly looked at the easiest case to try. A person with history of drug abuse is likely to get no sympathy to a crime.


This article is just quoting what was told by the DA or the sheriffs office. They planted the seed of crazy criminal before the trial even started. If Mr. Hall did in fact run the red light and commit the crimes stated then he belongs in jail, but he did not. I could care less what the sheriffs say or the DA. I care about the witness, who were at the scene of the crime when it happened. They saw it from different intersections and all testified that Mr Hall did not run the red light. The public image of a doctor is harder to convict than a person "blazing on meth"

JusticeforMara
JusticeforMara

@duraga

So you weren't at the scene of the crime and you are not an engineer. Sounds like another "friend" or family member trying to defend Hall. Get over it. He did it and was found guilty. His actions caused someone's death. He signed an agreement stating that he would be charged with murder if he caused death while driving intoxicated. He did. Those are the rules. What? The rules don't apply to him? How so?

People's memories are not perfect. Investigators usually have to piece together what happened taking common threads. That combined with the scientific evidence they are able to reconstruct the scene with accuracy.

Supposedly there were other dui arrests that had been sealed due to Hall being a minor at the time. Between those and the other dui's the total was eleven. Those were just the times he got caught. I was at sentencing. He showed absolutely no remorse and tried to tell the Judge how he should be sentenced. Hall is a douchebag who thinks the rules of law don't apply to him. He got away with being a serious danger on our roads for far too long. 

RIP MARA  

joey0318
joey0318

If you had been at the trial you would know that the DR was questioned by the police both at the scene and at the hospital where he ands his wife, who suffered multiple injuries were transported to from the scene of the accident.  Mr Hall was too late prevented from drugging and driving, the state should have dealt with him more harshly earlier. Adam Harrison Hall was clearly guilty, he ran a red light injured two people and killed a third.  Be grateful this man is longer free to drive and cause more harm to others. 

duraga
duraga

@cdo54928 @duraga @cdo54928 @willy3c  I have no experience in engineering and I don't think our sheriffs officers either. In regards to the witnesses, the point is this. Look at the scenario in any crime.  Police arrive to the scene, start to question witnesses, 5 different witnesses give similar statements about a suspect responsible. You then question the suspect. The Dr wasn't even questioned, he should be prime suspect number one. Adam Hall was immediately suspected, questioning happened immediately. The evidence you are talking about  wasn't done until late last year. Accident experts didn't review the case far after Adam was arrested. Even if the witnesses statements might appear doubtful you still don't ignore it. Mr. Hall was still in a hospital bed and was already being tested for drugs meanwhile, the other driver was probably on his way home. I have seen various individuals get handcuffed because "you match the description of a suspect we are looking for" witness statements need to be acted on immediately. In this case all 5 were ignored. Was that just bad policing?

TheFoodieEngineer
TheFoodieEngineer

@duraga @ogrady.matthew @willy3c  And if you were at the trial and had experience in engineering and failure analysis you would have been able to see that the vehicle that was traveling on Moulton was in fact that of the defendant. It was never disputed that the vehicle traveling on Moulton was the vehicle that ran the red light. I personally did not care for the Dr. I thought he was obnoxious and besides he is a doctor of anthropology not a medical professional. There was nothing crazy about the physical evidence that was presented in the trial. The defense lawyer tried to discount the evidence of the reconstruction expert but the defense expert couldn't even account for basic physics in the accident. Of those 5 witnesses some stated that they saw the vehicle turning right from Nueva Vista on to Moulton while the others only saw the accident a second after it happened which at those speeds the vehicles moved through the intersection very quickly. We sat through practically 3 days of testimony detailing every moment of the accident just from one expert.

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