DECATUR — Allen M.E. Hall has pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempted first-degree murder after prosecutors said he tried repeatedly to strangle an ex-girlfriend visiting his Decatur home.

Hall, 27, appeared in Macon County Circuit Court on Wednesday with his public defender, David Ellison. Hall also entered not guilty pleas to one charge of aggravated domestic battery and five counts of committing domestic battery while having prior convictions for the same offense.

Judge Phoebe Bowers arraigned him and set the case for a July 31 pretrial hearing before Judge Jeffrey Geisler.

A sworn Decatur police affidavit said the 22-year-old ex-girlfriend, who had dated Hall for about a year, was visiting him the afternoon of June 18 when she was attacked during an argument.

Decatur police officer Andrew Medina said the woman described how Hall repeatedly tried to strangle her before pinning her to the ground.

“... This time she felt her blood flow to her brain was being cut off and this led her to believe she was going in and out of consciousness,” Medina said. “She advised Hall said, ‘I’m going to kill you,’ while continuing to strangle her.”

The victim told Medina she “acted as if she were dead” to get the attack to stop and then said Hall began to weep while saying he didn’t want to go to prison after she told him she was calling the police.

Hall is being held in the Macon County Jail in lieu of posting $100,000 bond.


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