Attorney for Frances Hall asks court to reverse felony convictions, new trial in husband's death

Hall told KSAT her husband's death was an accident

SAN ANTONIO – An attorney for a woman convicted of murdering her husband and assaulting his mistress is asking a court to reverse her convictions and give her a new trial, citing ineffective counsel.

Frances Hall was found guilty in September 2016 of murdering her husband, trucking magnate Bill Hall. She was also found guilty of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for ramming a Range Rover SUV driven by Bill Hall's mistress with her own car.

Frances Hall's attorney, Adam Cortez, filed a writ on Feb. 16 asking a court to reverse her convictions months before her projected September release because, while he was part of Hall's original group of attorneys, he said Hall's defense counsel was ineffective.

What happened that fatal evening?

Witnesses told police that they saw two black SUVs traveling at a high rate of speed on Loop 1604 on Oct. 10, 2013.

One was driven by Frances Hall; the other by Bonnie Contreras, Bill Hall’s mistress, according to prosecutors.

Bill Hall was riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle ahead of the two vehicles.

Trial testimony revealed that Frances Hall forced her husband off the road with her SUV as he was riding his motorcycle. Frances Hall said that she was chasing her husband and his mistress, who was following him in another vehicle.


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