A Myrtle Beach woman was convicted Thursday of murdering her husband during a 2013 shooting, and was sentenced to 35 years in prison.
After an Horry County jury deliberated for about three hours Thursday, Teresa Ann Mccracken-Hall, 51, was found guilty of shooting her 59-year-old husband, Steven Douglass Hall of Myrtle Beach, to death in a domestic violence-related incident, said Chief Deputy Solicitor Scott Hixson, who along with Stephen Grooms prosecuted the case for the 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.
The trial began Monday and at the end of the presentation of the evidence and testimony from the 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, defense attorneys who represented Mccracken-Hall asked Circuit Court Judge Larry Hyman to dismiss the case, saying it was based on circumstantial evidence, and there was no direct evidence in the case. Hyman denied the request and sent the case to the jury, according to a news release.
The couple had been drinking alcohol and arguing July 17, 2013 inside their Arrowhead community home, off Burcale Road, when Steven Hall died from a gunshot wound to the head, officials said.
Neighbors reported hearing shots fired between 7 and 7:30 p.m. the night of the incident, but Horry County police weren’t called to investigate until 7:37 p.m. July 18, 2013, according to the release.
After investigating, officers determined several telephone calls were made before Mccracken-Hall had her sister pick her up from the home, and she then spent the night with her sister, Hixson said.
Steven Hall was dead when McCracken-Hall left the home, and authorities found no signs of forced entry, authorities said.
A concerned resident found Steven Hall’s cellphone at Swing Bridge Park in the Socastee area, and Horry County police and an Horry County Fire Rescue Dive team discovered the gun used to shoot him, Hixson said.
DNA evidence reflected the gun was used in murder, according to the release.
McCracken-Hall was arrested July 29, 2013, and charged with murder in her husband’s death, Hixson said, and cellphone records showed McCracken-Hall had been using an online dating website shortly before Steven Hall was shot, according to the release.
“The victim’s family is satisfied that they got a resolution in Mr. Hall’s death and that justice was served today,”Hixson said in the release Thursday. “We appreciate the hard work and dedication the Horry County Police Department and Detective Greg Lent gave to this case.”
Mccracken-Hall, who was sentenced by Hyman, must serve each day of the conviction because with a murder conviction no credit is allotted for good behavior or early parole, Hixson said in the release.