Biggest Stories of 2011: #8, Local Teen Arrested for Capital Murder

By: Daniel Armbruster Email
By: Daniel Armbruster Email

For almost 24 hours on October 20, 2011, residents living on Deacon Drive in College Station, were horrified as a killer remained on the loose. The evidence led police to the home of a teenager about a mile away. 18-year old Gabriel Hall was arrested. Police say he confessed to shooting and stabbing 68-year old Edwin Shaar, Jr. and stabbing Shaar's wife, Linda, in the neck. Edwin died and Linda, who is disabled, survived.

Shaar family members and friends have stayed at Linda Shaar's side as she slowly recovers.

Potential evidence against Hall includes a confession to police and an alleged hit list with his family members on it. It's evidence his court appointed attorney is downplaying.

"In most of these cases the evidence is always mounting against somebody. That is not anything new. I think the hit list has been blown out of proportion," said Billy Carter, Hall's attorney.

On November 2, 2011 Hall received a court appointed attorney. His family will not help pay for legal services. Two days later on November, 4th, Edwin Shaar Jr. is laid to rest.

Two months after Shaar's death the pressure continues to mount against investigators.

"A lot of people think that when we make the arrest that's when it's over with, but really that's when a lot of our extra hard work starts," said Rhonda Seaton, College Station Police.

It could take investigators months to finish collecting evidence.
Hall's court-appointed attorney wants to check his client's mental status. Hall remains in jail. His bond has been revoked.

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