PRESTONBURG- Ronnie Hall of Hueysville was back in court Wednesday. Hall is a suspect in a double murder case that has shocked Floyd County.
Hall’s attorney Ned Pillersdorf asked the court Wednesday, to dismiss under the “Castle” statute.
“Based on the Castle statute, if an individual is in their home and someone enters the home without invitation with intentions to harm you, that individual has the right to defend themselves. The homeowner is entitled to ask the court to dismiss the case before it goes to a jury trial,” said Pillersdorf
Kentucky State Police arrested Ronnie Hall, 49, after a shooting occurred at Hall’s Hueysville residence. Daniel Harvill, 30, and Rodney Witaker, 33 were killed.
Ricky Goble, 51 survived the terrifying ordeal.
Much speculation has been made about what actually occurred the night of the shooting.
In a sworn affidavit, Hall stated he yelled at three men being loud and urinating in front of Hall’s Hueysville apartment building. The men exchanged words and the three men left the area.
Hall stated a short time later three men returned and entered his apartment with intent to harm him. Hall claims the men beat him severely. When Hall was able to get up, he claims he got his gun and began shooting at the three men from his upstairs apartment.
The men allegedly beat Hall with a solid five pound Buddha statue according to, according to Joan Hall Justice, Hall’s sister. Hall’s mugshot shows the injuries that were the result of the alleged beating.
Floyd County Assistant Attorney Tyler Green responded to Pillersdorf’s request to dismiss the case based on self-defense by stating Pillersdorf did not properly file the appeal.
“To appeal a district court bond decision, a specific procedure must be followed. A petition must be filed for a read of Habeas Corpus, which Mr. Pillersdorf did not do,” said Green.
Hall’s family was present in the court room to support him. Charles Whitaker, brother in-law, Joan Hall, Justice, sister, Betsy Hall, sister, and Blake Spears, nephew is Hall’s support system.
“Most people if someone entered your own home and started beating you, would do whatever it took to fight back. The three men left the apartment area after the verbal altercation with Ronnie,” said Betsy Hall, Hall’s sister, “They returned shortly later and forced themselves into his apartment. They told Ronnie they intended to kill him. Ronnie was fighting for his life. He has now been sitting in jail for over 50 days for defending himself.”
Daniel Harvill’s mother was also in the courtroom in hopes of finding justice for her son. Harvill claims Hall threatened to kill her son.
The judge listened intensely to both sides arguments. Jurisdiction was also discussed. The judge did not make a ruling during Wednesday’s hearing, but plans to by early next week. The Grand Jury is also hearing evidence in the case.
Hall remains lodged in the Floyd County Jail where he faces two counts of murder.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for the Floyd County Times. She can be reached at 606-886-8506.