Bossier Parish parents, allegedly stabbed by their son, are providing new details to detectives Tuesday as to what led to the incident.
According to the Bossier Sheriff's Office, 29-year-old Steve Hall II was arrested Monday morning and charged with two counts of attempted first degree murder. Bossier sheriff's detectives were called to investigate a stabbing at a home in the 100 block of Honeysuckle Lane off of Sligo Road around 9:15 p.m. Sunday.
It was there that investigators say Hall had stabbed his father and then his mother. The father suffered stab wounds primarily to his neck and chest area, while Hall's mother had a stab wound stretching from her ear to her mouth and shoulder area. The sheriff's office took a butcher style knife in as evidence. At last check, the Bossier Sheriff's Office said Hall's father is still in critical condition, while his mother is doing better in stable condition.
Authorities arrested him Monday morning in the Elm Grove area, after a neighbor called 911. This isn't the first time Hall has run into trouble with the law, in fact he has a criminal history. KSLA News 12 uncovered a court order for Hall to get a mental health evaluation, it dates back to 2004. A judge ordered the evaluation after probation violations, a sentence he received after he pled guilty to first degree vehicular negligent injury and a DUI after a traffic accident in 2003.
Court documents show he was also initially charged with possession of marijuana, hit and run, and careless operation of motor vehicle, but the district attorneys office chose not to prosecute those charges at that time.
Hall was sentenced to 3 suspended years in jail and 3 years of probation in 2004. But according to court minutes, Hall still living with his parents had trouble meeting the requirements of his probation. He tested positive for THC (the main ingredient for marijuana twice), failed to show up for his required meetings, and didn't show proof that he was employed. Those failings led to his court ordered mental health evaluation.
Still even with his run in with the law, a spokesman with the sheriff's office, Lt. Bill Davis, was surprised he would commit such a crime with only a traffic incident on his record. "A lot of times when we have an incident of this nature, we may look back and see something may have let up to that, maybe we had been out to that house we had dealt with calls, we dealt with other prior arrests," said Lt. Davis.
"But it just wasn't the case, he [Hall] had the arrests the criminal incidents some 10 or 11 years ago, but other than that, nothing that would have said we have a problem here, so this was a shock not only to law enforcement but to the family as well," Davis continued.
But why did he allegedly stab his parents? His mother has been able to give detectives an idea of what happened leading up to the stabbing. Davis explained, in the days leading up to the incident, Hall's parents had been trying to get the 29-year-old to move out on his own. Davis says the family is still surprised about what happened. But what provoked the alleged stabbing, is still a mystery to both deputies and the Hall family. "There appeared to not have been any kind of altercation, any kind of fight, but that Steve Hall attacked his dad and his mom intervened and she got stabbed as well," Davis said.
Hall had his first court hearing from jail this morning. He has been assigned a public defender and invoked the 5th amendment.
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