Man pleads not guilty to hiring hit man over Internet

By Dean Manning

For the Mountain Advocate

A Corbin man, who is accused of trying to hire a hit man through an Internet message board nearly two years ago, won’t be getting out of jail anytime soon on his most recent legal charge thanks to a judge’s ruling Monday afternoon.

Defense attorney Fred Peters entered a not guilty plea for Tristan James Hall, 31, during his district court arraignment Monday on a Jan. 26 charge of harassing communications involving his ex-girlfriend Angela Reeves.

Special Judge Skip Hammons ordered that Hall be held without bond on newest charge.

“Considering the other charges, I think it is best that we proceed no bond at all on this new charge,” Hammons said.

Defense attorney Herbert Moncier noted during Monday’s hearing that the Kentucky Constitution provides an “absolute right” to a reasonable bond.

Hammons responded that there is legal precedent for holding someone without bond on a misdemeanor offense, such as harassing communications, when the person is out of bond and is charged again with a similar offense.

“Absent of some type of case to the contrary that is what I intend to do,” Hammons said.

Hall’s attempted murder solicitation case stems from a Jan. 10, 2013, incident where Hall allegedly advertised on the popular website Topix that he would pay someone $5,000 cash for the murder of Melissa Jones Davis and the concealment of her body.

He also faces a hindering prosecution charge that stems from a June 24 incident when police went to the Hall’s grandmother’s house, where he was staying, to serve him with an arrest warrant for intimidating a participant in the legal process.

In the harassing communications case, Reeves alleged that between Jan. 19 – 22, Hall sent her harassing messages.

Reeves alleged that after Hall was released from jail, he e-mailed her on Jan. 19, and later wrote her again on Jan. 21 in another e-mail, according to the arrest warrant.

One of Hall’s many bond conditions in his other cases call for him not to use a computer while he is free on bond.

After Jan. 21 Reeves alleged that Hall started calling her phone telling everything about her, such as knowing exactly what she was doing and who she was dating, the warrant alleged.