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Blockbuster Trial Ends with Guilty Verdict

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The family of Vincent Hall reacts to the news he is guilty of murder
RALEIGH — A Raleigh jury wasted no time Tuesday finding Vincent Hall guilty in thefirst degree murder of Kier Lohbeck. After a seven day trial and onlyfour hours of deliberations, the panel found sufficient evidence toconvict Hall of the 1994 killing of the Mission Valley Blockbuster Videoemployee.

The verdict came as shock to one member of Hall's family who sprinted outof the courtroom in despair. The reaction caused the judge to issue awarning to other members of the courtroom not to do the same thing.

Steve Lohbeck, Kier's father, was also shaken by the verdict. With tearsin his eyes, Lohbeck told the media he and his wife didn't attend thetrial because they thought Hall was guilty. Lohbeck says they were therebecause they were Kier's parents, and that's what mattered.

Hall sat sobbing as his fate was decided. Because the trial did notinvolve the death penalty, all members of the jury were released and alife sentence was imposed on Hall by the judge.

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