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DeKalb DA wants to send alleged ‘serial rapist,’ killer away forever

The DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office has revealed its intent to send a 24-year-old accused rapist and killer to prison for life. Meanwhile, the defendant’s attorney is trying to get potentially incriminating statements thrown out.

If the state has its way, Terique Hall, who is accused of three rapes and the chilling murder of a 20-year-old pregnant woman, will have no chance at parole. The only higher punishment would be death, but the death penalty is exceedingly rare in DeKalb. The county has no inmates on death row.

No ruling has been made on Hall’s attorney’s attempt to have “allegedly incriminating” statements suppressed. The filing doesn’t details what the statements were.

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Hall has pleaded not guilty. He is accused of murder, rape, kidnapping and many other charges in a nine-day November spree that ended with the death of Ashley Mays, who was 4-months pregnant. The child didn’t survive.

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The state has alleged that Hall tried to video tape himself suffocating the hog-tied woman at Quality Inn and Suites outside Lithonia.

Hall’s alleged victims had all advertised escort services on backpage.com, authorities have said. The string of crimes got concerning enough that, while police were searching for the suspect, they cold-called escorts from the site just to warn them.

No trial date has been set for Hall.

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In other DeKalb news:

The Covenant House Homeless Youth Shelter says it lost one of their own, pregnant mother Ashley Mays, when she agreed to meet for sex at a DeKalb County Motel last year.

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