Judge Allows Robbery Testimony in Murder Trial
Posted July 31, 1997
RALEIGH — The judge allowed testimony about several robberies at Burger Kings in the trial of a man accused of killing Blockbuster Video clerk Kier Lohbeck in 1994 on Wednesday.
The prosecution claimed Vincent Hall took part in the robberies. The robberies have nothing to do with the murder, but the prosecution wanted to set up a pattern of criminal behavior. It wanted to show Hall is capable of murder.
The prosecution called in several witnesses, including Sandra Jacobs, who said she was robbed at gunpoint as she opened a Burger King in Fuquay-Varina on Feb. 22, 1994. She identified Hall as the man who held a gun to her head.
Prosecutors tried to prove that if Hall could commit those crimes, then he could have shot and killed 19-year-old Kier Lohbeck during a robbery attempt at Blockbuster Video on Jan. 25, 1994.
To further prove its case, the prosecution called inmate William Johnson to the stand. He claimed Hall told him about the murder while they were serving time together at Columbus Correctional Center.
Johnson also testified Hall told him he repainted his car and got rid of the murder weapon. Johnson talked to Hall at the request of a correctional officer and a Raleigh police detective who was trying to solve the case.
The prosecution is expected to wrap up its case Thursday.