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More Delays in City's Two High Profile Cases

The trial for Adam Hall, charged in connection with the traffic crash that killed Mara Steves, and Kathia Maria Davis, known as 'hockey mom,' were both postponed Monday, according to prosecutors.

Two of Laguna Niguel's high profile trials have once again been postponed.

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 today, but was continued to Jan. 11, the district attorney's office reported.

Deputy District Attorney Troy Pino said: "On the day set for trial (last Friday), the defense gave the prosecution voluminous discovery (collision reconstruction data and analysis) from his retained expert. We had to select a new mutually agreeable trial date. January 11 was the first mutually agreeable date."

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. 

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 

For more on Mara Steves click here.

Hockey Mom

The trial for was also postponed on Monday and rescheduled for Nov. 26, according to District Attorney Jennifer Wlaker.

"Defense counsel submitted a motion to continue the case because he was engaged in another trial and unavailable to try this case right now," she said.

Jurors deadlocked on charges related to a 13-year-old boy, so the hearing will consider how to proceed with another possible trial on those charges at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana. 

In August, Davis also known as 'hockey mom' was found guilty of four felony counts of unlawful sexual intercourse and two misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Davis was acquitted of one misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and the jury hung on four counts alleging she performed lewd acts with a then-13-year-old boy.

Walker alleged Davis provided alcohol to members of her son's hockey team and sexually assaulted at least two of them between 2005 and 2010. Authorities eventually were notified after the 16-year-old's mother revealed to Davis' ex-husband that her son admitted to having sexual liaisons with Davis.

Davis, who was taken into custody after the verdicts, could face up to five years in prison. However, she could also be placed on probation and might be able to serve her time in a county jail while avoiding a lifetime registration as a sex offender, Defense Attorney David Cohn said. If Davis is convicted on the remaining counts she would have to serve at least 85 percent of the time in prison and would face lifetime registration as a sex offender, Cohn said.

For more on Kathia Davis see these stories.

Shirley November 06, 2012 at 04:37 PM
You just gotta' love our justice system, as bad as it is it's all we have.
OCJusticeSeeker November 06, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Shirley - Why do you say "gotta love our justice system"?
Shirley November 07, 2012 at 02:23 AM
Well, Justice Seeker, how much justise has Mara's family seen since the jerk, stoned on many things, killed her? The games our system pays makes me ill. They could have hung him in the main square in Stabba Ana as soon as they arrested him. Oh just don't get me started!!!!
OCJusticeSeeker November 07, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Whoa whoa Shirley - were you at the accident? Did you witness what happened? Or have you simply READ what has been spoon fed to you by the media and District Attorney's office? You need to take a step back and look at the whole picture...You weren't there, you don't know what happened, and to be completely honest, if the DA was SO sure that the gentleman who you say was "stoned on many things" caused the accident this whole thing would have been wrapped up a long time ago. There is something VERY fishy about the whole thing. It absolutely was a tragedy and an innocent person was killed, but YOU don't know the facts. Simple as that.
Anessa November 23, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Shirley, you will never fully understand the pain endured on both sides of this case, as I hope you will never ever have to endure something like this. This is a tragic accident, that is only worsened further through online, uninformed, bias banter. I feel deep compassion and empathy for the Steves' family. However, I also feel deep compassion and empathy for the Hall family. Be open minded, Shirley. I hope your anger is short-lived and wish you luck in controlling your nonsensical, ludicrous, prejudice thoughts.
Pedro December 05, 2012 at 12:13 AM
I herd Adam is greeting out... I guess they found out he was given many different drugs at the hospital.. I guess we owe him a big apology.. There was a traffic cam that witnessed the hole thing an the other SUV ran the red light not Adams.,. Crazy world we live in huh??
Sarah Doe January 21, 2013 at 04:22 PM
P.S. "pedro" maybe if you would of spent more time in school learning to spell and write and less time trying to please the boys, we could read your replies!! Your not fooling anyone "pedro".. Pss.. Jack is a scumbag..
OCJusticeSeeker January 22, 2013 at 08:39 PM
Sarah - don't be so quick to judge "Pedro" - look up the difference between your and you're. Words are hard, we know.
Mike Murphy January 30, 2013 at 07:29 PM
OC Justice Seeker, do wear a cape and a mask when youre out seeking justice?
Mike Murphy January 30, 2013 at 07:35 PM
"Pedro" it is a crazy world WE live in but not as crazy as the one YOU live in. In your world Medical Doctors give their patients illegal drugs. Having 12 different drugs in your body while driving is no big deal and the name "pedro" is your real name. Crazy, crazy world..
Gustavo Weekly February 05, 2013 at 04:59 PM
Where is OCJusticeSeeker now? What does she think about the fact that he manipulated another girl into giving him drugs? She was sentenced to TWO years in prison! I dont see his family caring at all that he ruined her life and family! Read the article in the OC Weekly about why ADAM was at Wallgreens when he was arrested. His family said he was with his step Dad, really? Picking up illegal prescriptions with his Moms boyfriend? Lies, Lies, Lies..

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