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Hall Says He is Innocent of Blockbuster Crime

Posted December 3, 1996 12:00 a.m. EST

— It is a case that has kept Raleigh police busy for three years, and while they say they've caught the man who killed a Blockbuster Video clerk in 1994, the suspect says he's innocent.

WRAL TV5'sAmanda Lambobtained an exclusive interview with Vincent Hall in the city jail. Hall told her he was framed.

Hall (pictured above with Lamb, and at right) was serving time at the Harnett County Correctional Institution on an unrelated charge when he was charged in connection with the shooting death of Keir Lohbeck (pictured below, left). While incarcerated, police say Hall bragged to another inmate about the Raleigh killing. Hall, however, says the other inmate made up the story in order to get immunity or a lighter sentence.

Hall admits to having had entanglements with the law. In the past he's been charged with credit card fraud and robbery. But the former North Carolina State student who was studying criminal justice says he is not capable of murder.

Police have charged Hall with shooting and killing Lohbeck in the Mission Valley Blockbuster parking lot on January 25, 1994. Investigators won't say what evidence they have, but Hall says they're going on the word of that other inmate.

Hall says he doesn't remember what he was doing on the night Lohbeck was killed.

As he made his first court appearance Tuesday, Hall's mother and brother watched the proceedings. Hall says, despite what the police say, he intends to take his case to trial and win.

Hall is formally charged with first degree murder and attempted robbery. he is being held in the Wake County jail without bond.