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Adam Hall Arraignment Postponed Again in Mara Steves Crash

Hall is being held in connection with the death of Steves, 48, who was killed while trying to rescue a dog in traffic.

An arraignment on Thursday was once again postponed for Adam Harrison Hall, who is charged with murder and DUI in the February collision that killed .

The new date is now June 30. The first arraignment was scheduled for May 26. 

Authorities say Hall, 27, had 10 kinds of drugs and medication in his system during the crash. Orange County sheriff's deputies arrested him at a Walgreens in Yorba Linda on May 24.  Authorities spent more than three months investigating the crash, which drew national attention. Hall has been held at the Central Men's Jail in Santa Ana since his arrest.

Steves was killed while trying to rescue a dog in traffic Feb. 13. She is survived by her husband, John, and two teenagers, Jonathan and Hannah.

While much is known about Mara Steves, who has been characterized as a good Samaritan, very little has been told about Hall in the months since the accident at Moulton Parkway and Nueva Vista, a few blocks from Steves' home.

According to Hall's family members, who chose to remain anonymous and who contacted Patch after he was arrested, Hall is "not the monster he is being portrayed as." 

Family members say Hall was living in Laguna Niguel at the time of the accident and was on his way to work that Sunday morning. He was working in the time share industry and had moved to Laguna Niguel from Placentia to be closer to his job, they said.

Hall was also "not on a pay phone at Walgreens" when he was arrested at the drugstore, as has been reported, family members said. He was at the store with his mother's boyfriend, an ex-police officer. In addition, his father was a police officer who "passed away tragically about six years ago," family members said.

His mother, who still lives in Placentia, works in education and is a "highly regarded member of the community and also a good Samaritan," they said.

And while Steves died at the scene, Hall was taken to the hospital and,  according to family, "treated for a broken leg and nose."

He attended college and played a lot of sports and has two younger sisters, they said.

Family members also say that Hall maintains that he did not run the red light. They also say the accident has "devastated him and his family."

Hall has had two convictions for driving under the influence. After his second conviction, authorities warned Hall that he could face a murder charge if he killed someone while driving under the influence. If convicted, Hall faces a maximum of 21 years to life in state prison.

Anne LeMay June 10, 2011 at 02:56 AM
About a week ago I was driving on Niguel Rd. turning on to Alicia and saw a german shepherd walking through the intersection. I pulled over, got hold of the dog, and proceded to call the number on his tags. Turns out the dog belonged to a customer of mine. He didn't even know the dog was missing. When I got back to Starbucks, my staff wondered why it took me a long time to do my errand. I told my story and a customer remarked, "you can get killed doing that in Laguna Niguel." Never did this cross my mind but it did make me stop and think. Three years ago my dog, Sally, got out and was hit by a BMW that did not stop. She lost and eye and broke her jaw. I wish someone had gotten there in time to help her.
Brooke Bends June 10, 2011 at 03:58 AM
Tim, it's apparent that you missed the point of the article. Adam is not a malicious person from a terrible situation. He comes from a family that is a replica of Mara Steves' family. His mother also maintains a very successful resume as a PTA/Booster parent. He has two beautiful, loving, and successful sistesrs. I did not read anywhere in the article that Adam was not at fault. As a compassionate, religious perosn I can sense the devastation in two families.
Anonymous June 10, 2011 at 04:40 AM
I don't care what anyone has to say, I know Adam personally and I know what impact this has taken on him since the accident occured!!! Adam never ever intended to kill the woman involved, all control was lost of his SUV, thats the only reason she was hit, not because of any other mitigating factor!!! It was a freak-accident and despite having VERY LOWWW toxicity levels of drugs in his system he was fully and completely functional, not all drugged out. I do not support his drug use, in fact I think its a heartbreaking disease he has battled with, but I know of the situation better than most. Mara's death is truly so sad and terrible but there is another side to this. Adam is completely devastated like stated in this article and has been. He is NO MURDERER!!! He has an amazingly caring and loving heart and is incredibly intelligent, hard working, giving, funny, I could go on for days. He has a heart of gold. He would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it and anytime myself or anyone we knew had a problem, we went straight to him for help. I think that no one should have an opinion unless they know all the facts, especially about the people involved. This is a sad ending all around, however, I will say that Adam is not a murderer or even anywhere near a bad person. You all have no idea.
thomas b June 13, 2011 at 07:03 AM
why is it that the patch and its writer debbie seems to take down anything that questions their procedures and professionalism? i find writing and using un named sources wrong as well and dont find it professional that you print anything a suspectss family says as well. are you going to take down my post?
Laura Nott June 13, 2011 at 04:59 PM
What is your question, Thomas?
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) June 13, 2011 at 05:03 PM
Thomas: There has been some trouble with the comments disappearing over the past week on the 800+sites across Patch. There have also been some other technical issues according to the Patch/AOL headquarters in NY. In terms of my reporting, I am a 30+ year seasoned journalist. I have personally spoken to two of Adam's family members over the course of the past 10 days. They said they have been verbally attacked and have been threatened since the accident. I was asked to withhold their names because of this not because I do not know them and they are made up individuals. I'm not sure why you are second guessing Patch's reporting and integrity in this case. As the editor of the site, I have personally taken great lengths to make sure to report the story as it unfolds with great sensitivity to all parties. It is a no-win scenario for all involved. I notice that in your posts and in your registered user name you are "Thomas B" and you have not shared your last name.
S. June 14, 2011 at 05:40 AM
Thomas B. - She is being a true journalist/professional and proving that by not wanting anyone else to suffer attacks. I am behind Adam and I know this was all a tragic ACCIDENT, HE IS NO MURDERER, just like I stated above. I too am afraid of how others may react to my feelings but I love him and I am chosing to defend him b/c so much is not being said. He is not a monster. I posted the above 'anonymous' msg b/c I've never defended anyone with such hate towards him before and it is sad b/c there are two sides to this story.
Jasson Moore July 22, 2011 at 11:05 PM
I think its sad the family is making excuses and flat out lying that the doctors gave him the drugs after the crash.. first off, thats never done, doctors do not prescribe 7 anti-anxiety meds along with thc, meth, and other stimulants but also heres FACTS. adam was also charged with THREE FELONY counts of forging prescriptions along with murder etc., that means in his possesion the day of the crash he had atleast 3 drugs on him he obtained ilegally by forging a prescription. This is not my opinon, not personal, these are facts!!! I wish the family could be more honest, it only hurts more to hear excuses and see them printed. We could all learn from this if only we could first start to be honest.. he broke many laws and has hurt many people. ADAM HARRISON HALL 1 0 02/13/2011 187(a) PC F Murder 2 0 02/13/2011 23153(a) VC F Driving under influence alcohol/drug with injury 2 1 02/13/2011 12022.7(a) PC F ENH-Inflict Great Bodily Harm 3 0 05/20/2011 11368 HS F Forging or altering prescription 4 0 05/24/2011 11368 HS F Forging or altering prescription 5 0 05/24/2011 4324(a) BP F Forgery of Prescription
Pamela G. July 30, 2011 at 06:30 AM
I agree, hearing the excuses makes me sick to my stomach. I understand that his family loves and cares for him dearly, but he did have a "choice" not to consume drugs. Maybe a little "tough love" prior to the accident would have saved both families a tremendous amount of pain. Excuses help no one! Steve Ambriz (the law that brings these continued charges to be tried as murder) was killed by a women who is to be released this August, after serving only 5 years for his death. She had already killed another women prior to killing Steve. His daughter is still very young. It is truly sad that this women is free to live her life after her "accident" while a little girl is left without a father. People who have a choice to use drugs and get behind the wheel should feel privileged to have such a choice, a privilege Mara Steves, and Steve Ambriz where not given. Consequence of our actions needs to be encouraged and enforced. I will pray for both families.
Mike Murphy January 30, 2013 at 08:21 PM
So Anoymous, Sara, SaRaH, Miss S, pedro and others are really all the same sad little girl?! Some Ex-GF Adam knew and got high with for a few months before he got arrested. Thats who we should listen to as a judge of his charater? Adam was rushed to the hospital after the crash and given morphine and other pain killing drugs? Ok, sounds right. What about the Speed? What about the Meth? What about the THC? What about the Anxiety meds (4 diff kinds) What about the Muscle Relaxers (3 Diff Kinds) What about the Sleeping pills (2 diff kinds) and a few more things? You really think a doctor would prescribe all that? Wow I gotta meet that DR.!
Mike Murphy January 30, 2013 at 08:23 PM
So Anoymous, Sara, SaRaH, Miss S, pedro and others are really all the same sad little girl?! Some Ex-GF Adam knew and got high with for a few months before he got arrested. Thats who we should listen to as a judge of his charater? Adam was rushed to the hospital after the crash and given morphine and other pain killing drugs? Ok, sounds right. What about the Speed? What about the Meth? What about the THC? What about the Anxiety meds (4 diff kinds) What about the Muscle Relaxers (3 Diff Kinds) What about the Sleeping pills (2 diff kinds) and a few more things? You really think a doctor would prescribe all that? Wow I gotta meet that DR.!
Gustavo Weekly February 05, 2013 at 04:56 PM
Where is Adams gf 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..
Gustavo Weekly February 05, 2013 at 04:57 PM
Where is Adams gf 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..
James Stevenson July 15, 2013 at 07:56 PM
I knew Adam. He was always a nice guy. Sounds more like a drug addiction problem. Many outstanding and very nice individuals have drugs issues. IE. Ted Kennedy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Kennedy#Chappaquiddick_incident

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