The sentencing for a Radcliff woman charged in the September 2016 beating death of a military veteran inside his apartment was postponed Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court.
A motion on behalf of Eloysia James-Venerable, 19, has been filed to withdraw her February 2018 guilty plea in the beating death of Norman Hall, 71, in his Pin Oak Court residence. A widower, Hall died from multiple blows to his head and face and from being stabbed in the neck, according to his autopsy report.
James-Venerable, who was 16 when Hall was killed, is charged with complicity to commit murder; first-degree burglary; first-degree receiving stolen property – firearm; and tampering with physical evidence.
Aaron Pearson, 26, of Radcliff, had complicity to commit murder and robbery charges in the case dropped in June after Hardin County Commonwealth’s Attorney Shane Young said he couldn’t “trust her (James-Venerable) to be truthful about everything.”
He said James-Venerable’s testimony was pivotal to the case going to trial. She was scheduled to testify against Pearson.
Young previously said there was no physical evidence at the crime scene that tested positive to link Pearson to the crime.
In her plea agreement, it was recommended she serve 20 to 50 years or life in prison with parole eligibility after 20 years, in exchange for truthful testimony at trial.
She now faces life without the possibility of parole for 25 years, Young said.
“I am not going to take somebody on trial for a ... capital offense when I’m not 100 percent certain that the individual is telling the truth,” Young previously said in dismissing Pearson’s most serious charges. “At the end of the day, my job is not to win or lose. It’s just doing justice.”
Pearson plead guilty in June to complicity to tampering with evidence and complicity to receiving stolen property and sentenced to 15 years in prison. He also has an armed robbery charge in California, Young said.
A hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. Aug. 29 in Circuit Judge Kelly Mark Easton’s courtroom on the motion to withdraw the plea.