Hall Files Appeal Notice, Will Keep Job
By WestKyStar Staff
PADUCAH, KY - Delana Hall's conviction in McCracken District Court on August 3 is going to be appealed, meaning that she does not have to report to jail on Friday. Meanwhile, She will apparently remain employed at the McCracken County Humane Society, according to WPSD.
Hall was sentenced to 60 days in jail and a $250 fine after being convicted on 10 counts of euthanizing animals without a license, but her attorney, Jeremy Ian Smith, has filed a notice to appeal. A person at Smith's office confirmed that information Thursday.
It's not known why Smith is appealing, but he argued during the trial that the Commonwealth failed to provide proof that Hall lacked certification by the state to euthanize animals, saying that the state should provide documentation proving that all licenses on record were searched, and none belonged to Hall. He also argued that Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Todd Jones failed to provide the state's definition of several words used in the trial, which he deemed necessary in order for the jury to convict his client. Those included some animal-related job titles, but also included "cat" and "euthanization". After Jones argued that a witness had testified that Hall was not licensed, and that reasonable jurors could understand the terms without definitions, Judge Tony Kitchen allowed the trial to continue.
Hall's co-defendant, Beau Anderson, entered a guilty plea during the trial to a charge of falsifying business records, replacing the original charge of forgery. He admitted he filled out paperwork saying he used drugs to euthanize animals, when Hall had actually performed the procedures.
Humane Society Board member James Schumaker told WPSD that Hall is a good employee who has been there for 23 years.