Tuesday, April 30, 2002

Awaiting trial, girl out of jail

By Marie McCain, mccain@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        An Avondale teen, accused of killing her father by throwing bleach on him, was released to the custody of her maternal grandmother Monday.

        Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge Sylvia Sieve Hendon said she had no choice but to free the teen from juvenile detention. Ohio law prevents a juvenile from being detained for more than 90 days without a trial.

        “I can't impress on you how unusual it is to have someone released (facing) your charges and still pending trial,” the judge told the girl Monday.

        The teen had been scheduled for a jury trial Monday. However, her defense attorney requested more time. The judge agreed to a postponement to May 28.

        The girl, who turns 15 today, is charged with involuntary manslaughter and felonious assault in the death of her 39-year-old father, Archie Dale Hall of Avondale. She is not being named because of her age.

        Mr. Hall died Feb. 18. Authorities said he and his daughter had argued Jan. 28 over the girl's 17-year-old boyfriend. At some point, Mr. Hall was doused with bleach.

        A coroner's report determined that he died as a result of bleach inhalation. The girl's attorney said he intends to prove self-defense.

        The teen, who has been classified as a serious youthful offender, will become Ohio's first juvenile to undergo a jury trial under a new state law that went into effect Jan. 1.

        The new law fails to take into account the existing 90-day rule, the judge said, adding that this was something the General Assembly should address.

        Mr. Hall's sister, Marvis Green, told the judge Monday that some family members were concerned the teen might talk with potential witnesses, endangering the evidence against her.

        The judge restricted the teen's visitors to her mother and two brothers.


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