Murder suspect wants to withdraw plea

Murder suspect Elijah Hall was scheduled to be sentenced this morning. Instead, SeattlePI.com reports he dismissed his attorney and wants to withdraw his guilty plea.

Back in November, 17-year-old Hall pleaded guilty to last summer’s killing of convenience store clerk Manish Melwani. Melwani’s family was in the courtroom today, upset by Hall’s move. “I don’t know why he is doing this,” Melwani’s sister said, according to SeattlePI.com. The online site says the state plans to object the withdrawal. The site states that “Hall would have to show his guilty plea would result in a manifest injustice. As Hall had until Friday been represented by veteran defense attorney Tony Savage — former counsel to Green River Killer Gary Ridgway — a showing of failed assistance from his attorney may prove difficult.” A hearing on the matter will be scheduled once he’s assigned a new attorney. (Thanks Angelatini!)


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ballardemican
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ballardemican

Let me rewrite the headline: Dimwitted D-Bag Desires Do-over

He got what he's entitled too — the right to ask. But the judge is gonna say no.

Bad luck in prison Eli.

Chicone
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Chicone

I wish they would stop putting this gross punks picture on the front page. Makes me want to puke.

squeakywheel
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squeakywheel

Might be a little difficult to prove Tony Savage is incompetent since he got Ridgeway out of the death penalty. (Norm Maleng's real legacy)

Bark more, Wag Less
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Bark more, Wag Less

Boy, this kid sure doesn't believe in much of anything. Guess we can thank his mother for his strong sense of personal responsibility, accountability and morality.

If he tries this stunt, can the judge add years to his sentence? If he gets out before he's 60, it would totally unjust to Melwani's family.

Stupid Hippie
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Stupid Hippie

“he robbed the store was because he was broke and needed money,”

Poor kid, he probably had too much pride to get on welfare….

kim
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kim

l-o-s-e-r-! and a stupid one at that. but this is the kid that ran back to a house blocks away from the scene. fitting….

JM98107
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JM98107

He's probably getting advice from all the jail house lawyers.

eric
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eric

ugh…yeah yeah he's within his rights. what a waste a tax dollars A, and B, why drag this out for the poor surviving family members.

i'm starting to dislik ethis kid.

Fred
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Fred

Do you ever watch 'The First 48'? Most of these guys are dumber than rocks.

Der Ham
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Der Ham

Did he ever say why he shot Manish in the first place, during the trial?

HL
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HL

There has not been a trial. His attorney negotiated a plea bargain with the prosecutor's office in which he would get a 23 year sentence recommendation in exchange fora guilty plea (and no trial.)

The best outcome in my book now, is for the judge to let him withdraw his guilty plea, and let him go to trial where he will hopefully be found guilty of both the murder and the enhancements (using a gun, robbery, his prior robberies, etc.) and he gets sentenced to Life in prison.

He's a scumbag who's now rolling the dice against the system hoping for sympathy from a judge or jury.

Bark more, Wag Less
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Bark more, Wag Less

” hoping for sympathy from a judge or jury”

In Seattle? That won't be hard.

bmvaughn
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bmvaughn

*Starting* to dislike?

SPG
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SPG

It sounds like the reality of the situation is finally settling in on this kid which is ironically making him act in such a way as to only increase his sentence.
Then again, this could be just a ploy to try to negotiate a little bit more before he is sentenced. Either way he will still wind up in prison for quite some time.
I'm no lawyer so this is all pure speculation.

fred117
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fred117

And that's why they are criminals. (I like that name, Fred)

JM98107
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JM98107

He's doing it to inflict more pain on the victim's family.

Rabid Neocon XXI
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Rabid Neocon XXI

Let him withdraw his plea.
He goes to trial and gets life.
He really should get the death penalty.
However, I don't think he'll last too long in prison.

ballardemican
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ballardemican

Death, really? For a 17 year old playing gangster who leg and gut (not head or chest) shoots a store clerk who attempts to tackle him and is shot during the physical skirmish? Don't think of this is excuse making — if you know me you know I'm kind of a harsh guy interested in accountability. I don't oppose the death penalty in theory or in perfectly clear cases (but as it's been practiced — killing Black people almost 3-1 in Texas over Whites who've committed analogous crimes; ridiculously high rates of executed “criminals” exonorated post-mortem by DNA, etc — we definitely need to pump the brakes …). Scaled against preceding sentences for other murders, manslaughters and negligent deaths this one feels like 30 years to me, out for his 40th birthday if he is a model prisoner, comes to god in a big way (I don't believe but if authentic it prevents recidivism), learns to be a master of a useful trade, and pays a fund to help the victim's family (if they choose). Hopefully he has a hell of a lot of unhappiness foist on him in the process too. Maybe though you think if a person causes… Read more »

TTTCOTTH
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TTTCOTTH

There's always someone willing to excuse a killer. I love your first line, “Don't think of this is excuse making”. Sorry guy, you're making an excuse. If you bring a loaded gun to commit a crime it's reasonable to think you intend to use it. And the suggestion that the clerk is somehow responsible because he tried to tackle him? Give me a frigging break. That is like saying a rape victim is responsible because she wore a short dress. I hope he's raped to death in prison.

ballardemican
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ballardemican

I said the guy should get 30 years in prison and serve at least 23, and only then if he is a perfect model of reform. This means I'm excusing him?

Because I'm not jumping up and down like an ape shrieking for the death penalty I'm letting him off the hook?

Because I'm noting that there are differences between the egregiousness of murders and murderers (this guy is clearly a murderer and should be accountable; he's not that pig farmer in BC grinding whores by the dozen into slop) I'm a quaking, pusilanimous liberal crime lover?

Balderdash.

Go ahead and try a complicated thought some time, k precious?

JM98107
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JM98107

In this case, the death penalty is perfect. When violent inmates leave prison they are worse than when they entered. Nothing gets corrected.

TTTCOTTH
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TTTCOTTH

K precious?

What a douche

JM98107
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JM98107

Hanging from a utility pole at 15th NW and Market St. would be appropriate. Give the crows something to snack on.

Ballard Norms
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Ballard Norms

This kid was lost and “a goner” long before he pulled the trigger. He was probably failed by his family, his neighbors, his friends, his school, his community. My hunch is that he will do something similar again, no matter how long he spends behind bars. He has formally launched his “career” and our prison rehabilitation programs will help him advance. .

Miracles do happen, occasionally. We can hope for that. All of it, the death, the legal games, the suffering in prison, is so completely unnecessary…

Rabid Neocon XXI
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Rabid Neocon XXI

Wow you yap a lot.

He killed a man in the course of robbing him.
If found guilty he's a prime candidate for the death penalty.

All the rest is useless static.

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