Court records hint towards troubled life of accused killer mom

Court records hint towards troubled life of accused killer mom (KTUL)

She didn't want to show her face on camera, but, Amy Hall's neighbor, Hesper Van Straten, said she's not just sad today, she's angry.

"I mean, they would never bother anybody. So, I just don't understand. I don't understand," said Van Straten.

Hall is accused of shooting her three teenage children, killing one of them.

"I just don't know why she would have done this to her children," said Van Straten.

Some of Amy Hall's story can be told through court records.

Stories that begin with words like "State Courts," and "In the district."

From problems many of us have faced, like following too closely to speeding.

But 2016 seems to be a sort of breaking point in her marriage.

A petition for divorce, a battle for custody of her three children and a protective order.

According to those court records, that same year she said her ex-husband broke into her house in the middle of the night.

She said she awoke to him on top of her, sexually assaulting her.

Later, she Hall said her ex-husband threw her into a doorway.

And she claimed to have an audio recording of her ex-husband trying to break into a room she and her children were hiding in, threatening to harm her dog.

None of this gives us a definite answer as to why she may have killed her own son. But they are signs something wasn't right.

Now, the community is left to mourn, and Van Straten said she's most sad for the children left behind.

"To me, it's heart breaking. Because, for the rest of their lives, they're going to remember this," said Van Straten. "Their brother is gone, and their mom shot them. How do you cope with that. How do you move on from something like that?"

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