Court records show that Robert David Lloyd Hall36 years old, pleaded guilty to one count of willful second-degree murder and one count of attempted robbery during a pre-trial hearing in Hennepin County Courthouse.
Hall, who appeared via Zoom for the hearing, told the judge he never intended to kill anyone when he fatally shot the 21-year-old Kavanian Palmer. Instead, Hall said he wanted to scare away those trying to subdue him until law enforcement arrived on the scene.
He was on the run from a run at the time.
Hall will be sentenced later this month and faces 40 years in prison, but he can look forward to a sentence of more than 16 years.
It’s unclear if this was part of a plea agreement with the Hennepin County District Attorney’s Office, who declined to comment when contacted by Law & Crime and then diverted calls to voicemail. He already faces an additional second-degree murder count as well as possession of a firearm by a felony.
The charges all stem from an incident that happened on November 12 of last year, when Hall allegedly ran a red light and crashed into another vehicle, according to the probable cause affidavit in the case. .
Eyewitnesses told police that Hall’s car “ran a red light and hit” [another vehicle]” that morning.
Hall then opened the car door and began walking away from the scene, those witnesses said. However, the three men gave chase and they were eventually able to catch up with Hall in hopes of subduing him until law enforcement arrived at the scene of the accident.
One of those people was Palmer.
However, things took a sudden turn, when Hall, trying to fend off the men, “fired [Palmer] There is a gun in the chest. ”
The shooting appeared to be meant to encourage other good Samaritans to stop Hall, who next attempted to rob a young woman as she left a nearby shopping mall.
“Several witnesses intervened and pulled [Hall] get out [the woman’s] vehicle and incarcerated [Hall] until the police arrive,” read the incident report. “While the witnesses were detained [Hall]a silver 22LR caliber Jennings gun fell out [Hall’s] handbag. Witnesses also removed their bulletproof vests [Hall] and a backpack containing narcotics”.
The probable cause affidavit indicates that a second firearm was found in the vehicle, a .357 caliber gun.
Hall had previously been convicted of violent crimes and as such, is not legally permitted to possess or possess any handgun in the state of Minnesota.
According to prosecutors, he was booked into the Hennepin County Jail that day thanks to the number of surveillance cameras in the area that helped quickly confirm the time of events provided by witnesses.
Hall has remained jailed ever since, with a judge setting his bail at $1,000,000.
The sudden plea is not a big surprise compared to the post-Miranda statement he is said to have made a week after his arrest.
Prosecutors summarized what Hall allegedly told them in a November court filing, which read:
[Hall] admitted to being in a car accident and tried to flee the scene because he had a warrant, gun, drugs and a bulletproof vest on him. The victim and two others tried to stop it [Hall] fled the scene of the accident. During the confrontation with the victim, the gun in the defendant’s pocket exploded and shot the victim. [Hall] also admitted to being barred from possessing a firearm and possessing and possessing two firearms recovered from the scene.
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