San Antonio, Texas, August 23, 2017: This afternoon, a Bexar County jury in the 186th District Court sentenced Charles Ray Hall, age 31, to life in prison for the 2014 murder of his neighbor Lawrence Carroll. Last Friday, jurors found Hall guilty of the murder.
On May 27, 2014, Hall walked up to his neighbor, Lawrence Carroll’s door on the 200 block of Victor Street and when Carroll answered the door, Hall shot him in the head, killing him. Hall then walked back to his home nearby Carroll’s apartment, changed clothes and walked back to the complex where he began shooting at another man. The man was able to escape unharmed. Meanwhile, Hall left the complex in a waiting car. Later that night, Hall returned to the apartment complex where a local television crew was covering the aftermath of Carroll’s murder. Hall began harassing the news crew and was told to leave the premises by security guard Angel Maldonado. A short time later, Hall returned and confronted Maldonado telling him he had something for him, before shooting him in the arm and neck. Maldonado was transported to the hospital and survived.
While responding to the shooting of Maldonado, a San Antonio police officer spotted Hall sitting on a bench laughing at the patrol cars passing him. The officer, who had received a good description of Hall from several witnesses at the crime scenes, stopped and confronted Hall. Another officer confirmed Hall was the suspect they were looking for and he was placed under arrest. Under questioning by San Antonio police detectives, Hall confessed to killing Rogelio Ramos and Lawrence Carroll and injuring Angel Maldonado.
During punishment, jurors learned that just one day before he murdered Lawrence Carroll, Hall shot and killed Rogelio Ramos. Hall was driving a stolen van when he began shooting at Ramos. Ramos drove to a gas station off Austin Highway to try and get away from Hall. However, Hall was able to catch up to Ramos, shooting him from the stolen van. Hall then got off the van and shot Ramos execution style.
During a victim impact statement, Lawrence Carroll’s son Lawrence Carroll Junior, told Hall “you took a piece of our hearts we can never get back” and added “you need to rot in prison.” Carroll Junior said he was a Christian man who forgave Hall, but said he would never forget what he did.
Assistant District Attorney Gretchen Flader from our Criminal Trial Division prosecuted the case against Hall, with the assistance of Victim Advocate Leslie Garza, DA Investigator Anthony Rodriguez and intern Rosie Garcia. Hall is still awaiting trial for Rogelio Ramos’ murder and the shooting of Angel Maldonado. Murder is a first degree felony, punishable by 5 to 99 years or life in prison and up to a $10,000.00 fine.