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Jackhorn mother will appear in court on meth, endangerment charges



The sister of a man allegedly murdered during a methamphetamine party will face arraignment today on charges of selling methamphetamines and endangering the welfare of her 12-year-old daughter.

The daughter allegedly took the drugs to school, and police say they found used needles and plastic baggies in her bed.

Nora Pearl Hall, 35, of Jackhorn, was first arrested in March, but charges against her were dismissed. She was indicted May 10, three days after the earlier charges were dismissed.

Hall is a sister of Ricky Gibson, who was murdered in April, allegedly while using meth in a bathroom with three other people. Gibson’s body was found off a gas well road on Haymond Hill in early May, shot once through the head.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Anthony Trotter arrested Hall March 4 after a tip that she was selling meth and that her 12-yearold daughter was taking it to school. Trotter went to her house at 30 Pheasant Drive and asked to come inside. He wrote on the citation that Hall let him in, but began to act very nervous. Trotter wrote that he and Hall stepped into the bedroom from the back door, and that multiple needles, pipes and baggies were lying in plain sight. Trotter said that when he asked where the drugs were, Hall told him she had some in a wooden box. He said the box contained pipes and four small plastic Baggies with methamphetamine inside.

Trotter said the 12-yearold was in the room while he searched it and kept asking to go to the restroom. Before he allowed her to leave, Trotter said he located a large plastic bag with numerous small Baggies inside it in her jacket pocket. After Hall gave consent to search the rest of the house, Trotter said he searched the girl’s room and found used syringes and more plastic Baggies in her bed, a spoon with a residue believed to be meth, and a large plastic bag containing about two grams of meth.

State social services workers came to the house, and Trotter transported Hall to the Letcher County Jail.

Hall was put on home arrest with a $ 100,000 cash bond, but less than a month later — on April 2 —her bond was reduced in Letcher District Court to $10,000 surety on the condition that she attend rehab. Her mother signed her bond. On May 7, four days after her brother’s body was found, Letcher District Judge Kevin Mullins dismissed the charges against Nora Hall because she had not been indicted within 60 days of felony charges being filed against her, as is required by law.

The Letcher County Grand Jury indicted her three days later on charges of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine) first offense, possession of drug paraphernalia, and endangering the welfare of a minor. All of the charges stem from the March 4 arrest.

KSP Trooper Jason Bates rearrested her on the indictment warrant on May 23 at her home, and on May 24, Letcher Circuit Judge James W. Craft II again set her bail at $10,000 surety. Hall is currently free on bond. She will be arraigned in Letcher Circuit Court today (Wednesday).

— By SAM ADAMS



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