Christian County Prosecutor Ron Cleek has refiled second-degree murder and added kidnapping charges against Billy Wayne Hall, 50, for the 2003 murder and dismemberment of Freda Heyn.
Cleek dropped the original murder charge filed against Billy Hall in 2006 because of an evidentiary matter.
He also needed more time to obtain additional evidence against Hall that he believes will secure a conviction against the Sparta man.
Freda Heyn was last seen alive at the post office in Oldfield on November 3, 2003.
Hikers found the skull of Mrs. Heyn in the spring of 2004 in the Mark Twain National Forest near Chadwick.
Hall was charged in October 2006 with second-degree murder along with his former sister-in-law, Paula D. Hall, and David D. Epperson after Heyn’s skull was found by hikers.
The break in the case came when blood found in Heyn’s home matched Epperson’s. Epperson cut his hand while he helped the Hall's clean Freda's trailer after she had been murdered.
Epperson made a deal with prosecutors and testified against Paula Hall at her first-degree murder trial last month and he is expected to testify against Billy Hall too.
In exchange for his testimony, prosecutors dropped the murder charges against Epperson and replaced it with a charge of tampering with evidence.
The probable cause statement in the refiled case says that Tommy Petit told investigators that Billy Hall called he and Clint Ward to, “cut up the (Heyn's)body and dispose of the body parts.”
Hall allegedly supplied them with a hacksaw, a box knife and regular knife for the job.
Cleek says that they went to the scene and Pettit explained that he and Clint Ward cut Freda Heyn up when she was in a bathtub.
Petit goes on to tell investigators that Billy Hall ordered he and Ward to take their clothes off and burn them.
Another witness, identified in the statement as “D. Dowdy” said “that in 2003, Billy Hall and Dowdy were living together and that Billy Hall came home covered in blood, continually yelling at Paula Hall and telling her that he would never help her again.”
Cleek says that without Tommy Pettit's statement, he would not have refiled the murder charge against Hall.
Billy Hall has other problems with the law as well....Cleek filed felony drug charges against the Sparta man on January 16th for manufacturing methamphetamine within 2,000 feet of a school.
A warrant has been issued for Hall's arrest on the newly refiled murder and kidnapping charges, as well as the drug charges and he is on the run from the law.
If you have any information that can help cops nab Billy Hall you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at (417) 869-TIPS (8477) or the Christian County Sheriff's Office at (417) 581-2332. You can remain anonymous
You can also submit information securely online at http://www.tipsubmit.com/.
A jury convicted Paula Hall of second-degree murder last month (February.)
She is scheduled to be sentenced on April 3rd in Christian County.
******Note Paula Hall's sentencing has been moved to May. 26th.