Mara Steves Trial Postponed Again

The trial for Adam Hall, who is charged with murder in connection with the traffic crash that killed resident Mara Steves in 2011, was scheduled to begin Friday but was continued to November, according to the District Attorney's office.

The trial for Adam Harrison Hall, who is charged with murder in connection with a traffic crash that killed resident Mara Steves in 2011, was scheduled to begin  Friday, but was continued to Nov. 2, the district attorney's office reported.

Deputy District Attorney Troy Pino said: "The defense attorney was engaged in another trial today and asked for a continuance. "

This is not the first time the case has been delayed since Hall was arrested on May 24, 2011.

He pleaded not guilty on March 6 and had a pretrial on March 23. After months of postponements and a judge who recused himself, a jury trial for Hall was set on Friday for Nov. 5, Pino added.

Hall, 27, of Placentia, was arrested in connection with the death of community activist Mara  Feb. 13 while trying to rescue a dog that had been running in traffic.

Orange County Sheriff's Department deputies arrested Hall in a phone booth at a Walgreens in Yorba Linda. He has been in jail ever since.

The Good Samaritan's death made national news and earned a nod from which presented her husband, John, daughter Hannah and son Jonathan with a posthumous certificate in her name called The Compassionate Action Award.

Hall, who had two prior convictions for driving under the influence, has been charged with murder in the drug-induced crash, the Orange County District Attorney's office said. (After his second conviction, authorities warned Hall he could face a murder rap if he killed someone while driving under the influence.)

He was also charged with one felony count of driving under the influence causing bodily injury. If convicted, Hall faces a maximum 21 years to life in state prison.

On the day of the accident, according to authorities, Hall had a virtual pharmacy of drugs coursing through his veins. Driving north on Moulton Parkway in a Ford sport utility vehicle, he allegedly sailed through a red light at Nueva Vista Drive and rammed a Toyota SUV passing legally through the intersection.

Since her death, numerous fundraisers,  and memorials have been erected in her honor including a tree planted planted by local firefighters in front of the neighborhood entrance at Nueva Vista and Moulton Parkway where the accident happened. 

Mara Steves is survived by her 

Shirley October 19, 2012 at 11:05 PM
I'm so sorry this piece of scum gets another trail delay. I believe all scum defense attys. will find delays, not that it matters 100% in this since the jerk is in jail & will stay there until his atty. does suck it up & faces the music with his criminal client.
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) October 20, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Shirl: This trial does seem to be taking a long time to get under way, huh?
Shirley October 20, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Many high profilers do have attys. that play all of the games they possibly can & sometimes the judges tell them they have had all the delays they can have & to get their lousey acts togheter. It will be intersting to see what the lousey defense is for this horrendous accident that could have been prevented if he hadn't of been loaded on drugs.
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) October 20, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Shirl: We'll continue updating and following this story that is important to many in Laguna Niguel.
Tom Berney October 21, 2012 at 04:21 PM
They may be delaying to fad the raw emotions of this tragedy, he's been in jail since so he's not buying time for being out on bail, The defense will probably try to say he had medical conditions and needed the prescription drugs that were closely monitored by a Dr. I'm sure we'd all be surprised by how many drivers around us are on some sort of medication, It won't work for him after being charged before for another DUI, I think he also had morphine and other drugs that would be hard to prove he was in a state of mind to drive, Do not operate machinery is on the label, this is what can happen when people don't care about the what the consequences of their actions.
Terra Harty October 21, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Debbie, You may not get a ton of comments on here but I can tell you, your reporting of this and keeping us upto date is very important! I know so many people following this so thank you!! Justice may be delayed but it must come!!
Monte October 21, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Like drinking and driving nothing good can happen.
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) October 21, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Thanks Tom: yes, he's been in jail since May 2011.
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) October 21, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Terra: Thanks for the kind comment; it was and continues to be one of the most important stories I have covered in all my years of being a journalist. I will, of course, continuing following it.
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) October 21, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Monte ... and texting.
OCJusticeSeeker October 29, 2012 at 05:42 PM
You're all ignorant and absolutely the problem with society today. The media, the DA, and the Sheriff's Dept can spin stories however they like. You're INNOCENT until proven guilty.
Anessa November 02, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Oh, Shirley, do you know him? No. He is not a piece of scum.
Miss. S November 13, 2012 at 03:30 AM
Miss. S November 13, 2012 at 04:23 AM
Do you know what, I bet that none of you even know that Adam is actually such a good person. In fact, he is by far probably the most amazing person I have ever known and I'm still thankful til this very day that he came into my life and that I got to be so close to him! Every single person who has ever met Adam knows exactly what I'm talking about. He would NEVER in a million years harm a single living thing! What occured that day was a tragic ACCIDENT! I will absolutely in no way defend his drug use because there is no excuse for that (All I can say is that he was trying new medications that were prescribed to him for a severe insomnia disorder he had been dealing with for years) But I know for a fact that he was stable, totally normal and 100% perfectly coherent that morning when he was on his way to work when the accident happened. Heaven forbid any one of us ever take the life of a wonderful woman that were caused by circumstances beyond one's control. All I ask is that perhaps everyone should look at the other side of the story in this matter. You all cannot even begin to imagine what he has to live with every single day. If he could bring back Mara and be the one who passed away instead he would do it in a split-second! Just know that Adam is not some scum-bag murderer, he is someone with a heart of gold who is facing something that can happen to any one of us at anytime! Remember that.
Miss. S November 13, 2012 at 04:29 AM
Thank You Anessa! It is so sad to see people say those things about Adam when they never even knew him nor do they even know the whole story. He is a good person and NOT A PIECE OF SCUM.
sarah hail January 04, 2013 at 07:29 AM
Taking medications for an insomnia dissorder? HUM? I know Adam. MAYBE he would sleep better if he STOPPED using METH idiot!! You wonder why he could not sleep?! Really!!!
Anessa January 07, 2013 at 10:28 PM
Sarah--Do you care to share how to happen to know Adam? Personally? Professionally? Romantically? Platonically? I'm very interested in how you seem to know him.
Sarah Doe January 21, 2013 at 04:15 PM
I have known Adam for 20 years. Not professionally as he rarely ever worked and not romantically as I have better taste then that! My bf and him were friends, all of us were friends since jr. high.. I know more about him then you could ever know!! I know everything! Every drug, every lie, every fight, you name it! You spent a few weeks getting high together and you think your in love? That you know him? You dont know anything!
ANON January 22, 2013 at 10:14 PM
The reporting of this story is biased, unfair, twisted and warped to represent the OPINIONS of authors and reporters on this "news" site. Do some of your own research and don't rely on one source for all of your information.


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