Emotions ran high and the air was heavy on Day Three of the Laura Ashley Hall sentencing retrial at the Travis County Justice Complex Thursday.
Hall was previously charged for tampering with evidence and hindering apprehension when she allegedly participated in the dismemberment of 21-year-old Jennifer Cave. She was sentenced to five years in prison.
The Third Court of Appeals threw out Hall's original five-year sentence after a judge ruled a prosecutor withheld evidence.
The convicted murderer, Colton Pitonyak, was sentenced to 55 years in prison in 2007.
During the afternoon proceedings, the prosecution wrapped up witness testimony with Jim and Sharon Sedwick, Cave's mother and stepfather. Sharon Sedwick became very emotional on the stand when she discussed how she has coped with the details of Cave's mutilation.
"I still don't get that her hands and her head are not connected to her body. When she came into this world they were," Sedwick said. "She had all her fingers and all her toes."
During her testimony, Sharon Sedwick also spoke of her fear of Hall. She said through the years, Hall has given her disturbing “looks and glares.”
“Like the way she is looking at me right now,” Sedwick said on the stand. “I am terrified that if she gets out she will even go after my little dog. It’s crazy.”
Several phone calls Hall made in jail also were played in the courtroom as evidence. In several, she made derogatory remarks about Sharon Sedwick.
"I hate that woman," Hall said to her grandmother in a call from 2008. "I hate her more than anything alive."
Hall also made several threats to various people about Sedwick. She made a couple references to Sharon "going down” upon her release from jail.
“I don’t know how and I don’t know when, but she’s going down.” Hall said.
The prosecution also showed clips from Hall's “48 Hours Mystery: In Too Deep” television episode. In the interviews, Hall defends her innocence.
"It's not cute. I'm not going to let these people get away with this. I didn't do it, and that's the bottom line," Hall said on the special.
The prosecution rested its case after Sharon Sedwick’s testimony.
Hall’s lawyer, Joe James Sawyer, called an independent DNA analyst to the stand to review the testing done in the case.
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The final day of court will start at 9 a.m. Friday for closing arguments. Head to News8Austin.com for live updates from the courtroom.
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