It took a Webster County jury a little over two hours to decide that vigilante justice has no place in the American criminal justice system.
The jury convicted Eric Todd Hall, 45, of first-degree murder for the death of his fellow Fort Dodge Correctional Facility inmate Thomas Daleske on Thursday afternoon.
Hall was accused of killing Daleske, 59, in the victim’s cell at the FDCF on June 14, 2020. Daleske was found unresponsive in his cell in the Grove Unit of the prison around 5:15 p.m. on that date.
Hall was identified shortly after the incident and was charged with first-degree murder. He had been serving a sentence for third-degree burglary since April 2019.
The verdict came just hours after the jury heard from Hall, who took the witness stand to testify on his own behalf as the defense’s only witness.
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