Man's slaying justified, lawyer says

By GAYLE COULTER State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Dennis Louis Hall grew up watching his mother being abused before he was finally pushed over the edge and pulled a handgun on his father Monday night, according to one of his attorneys.

Hall was charged with murder shortly after midnight Tuesday after firing a fatal shot at Dennis Griffin.

Rodney D. Barnes, directing attorney for the Commonwealth's Department of Public Advocacy, said Hall was trying to protect his mother from another of his father's violent rages when he pulled a handgun from a closet at the residence at 252 Landings Drive.

"There's a significant history of domestic violence," Barnes said. "A neighbor who lived under them (at a previous residence) for about three years told our investigator it was a regular thing. The police were called a number of times."

Franklin Circuit Court records show that as recently as September of 2000, Frankfort Police were called to the Griffin-Hall residence on Centennial where Griffin was arrested for attacking Hall's mother, Anna Lisa Hall, who lived with Griffin for a number of years.

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