Marshall County Man Found Guilty of Raping Two Girls
GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Marshall County man has been found guilty of raping and sodomizing two girls.
A jury handed down the guilty verdict against Colton Hall of Guntersville late Thursday afternoon.
One girl who was 11 years old when the incident took place said Hall had sex with her more than 30 times. She also said Hall made her buy pregnancy tests and forced her to use them. The second girl who accused Hall of sexual acts is also under 16.
Hall sat in the front of the courtroom before the jury while the defense and the prosecution hashed out the details from the entire week.
Part of the evidence was a recording of Hall’s questioning after his arrest. In that recording, Hall admitted he did engage in sexual acts with the girls, but says those acts were consensual.
The prosecution says that may be, but because the girls are under age and Hall was not, the acts are illegal regardless.
During closing arguments the defense told the jury this case has a lot of gray area, but the prosecution says it’s cut and dry.
About an hour into the deliberation process the jury asked to hear that recording of Hall’s questioning again.
After several hours of deliberation the jury handed down guilty verdicts on all counts.
Hall also has an extensive record in Marshall County. He will be sentenced March 10th.