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Old 10-04-2009, 09:49 PM   #1
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TOMS RIVER An Ocean County grand jury has charged a 46-year-old Toms River man with arson and other offenses in connection with damages that authorities allege he caused after he trashed his wife's condominium and set it on fire.

The grand jury on Thursday handed up an indictment charging Stacy Hall of Aqueduct Court with one count of aggravated arson, one count of criminal mischief and two counts of arson.

Authorities allege that Hall, on March 17, trashed his wife's belongings in the condominium where they lived and then he set it on fire before driving to Kansas City, Mo. From Kansas City, Hall caught a flight to Mexico, but he was arrested upon a return flight to Houston, Texas on March 22.

The indictment alleges that Hall set the fire at the condominium owned by his wife, Antoinette Clay-Hall, with the purpose of destroying it, and that he also damaged her belongings. Authorities said that Hall took a box-cutter to his wife's furniture, pictures and other belongings before setting the roof on fire, essentially destroying the unit.

It appears that Hall first removed his sports memorabilia from the unit, as the memorabilia was found in his car in Kansas City, along with the box-cutter, authorities have said at bail hearings on the matter.

In addition to the aggravated arson at his wife's unit, Hall is charged with arson related to the smoke and water damage the fire caused to two other units in the building. The units belong to Katrina Van Morter and Louis Abbato, the indictment said.

Authorities have said at bail hearings that Hall confessed to setting the fire, although a motive for it is unknown.

Deputy Assistant Public Defender Melissa Barbieri on Friday asked Superior Court Judge James Den Uyl to lower Hall's bail from $200,000, but Den Uyl declined.

Hall remains in the Ocean County Jail awaiting trial. If he is convicted of aggravated arson, he would face up to 10 years in prison. The other charges in the indictment each carry potential prison terms of up to five years. Hall faces an arraignment within the next several weeks.

Toms River man faces arson charges | | Asbury Park Press
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