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Morries Hall, friend of George Floyd, summoned to Redwood County Court for hearing about drug and prostitution-related charges

Morries Hall, who was in the car with George Floyd last May, is expected in Redwood County Court on April 26 for charges for a separate event. (Image courtesy Redwood County)

Morries Hall, a friend of George Floyd who was there when Floyd died, has made national news because he won’t testify at the trial of the former Minneapolis police officer charged in Floyd’s death.

However, not so well known is that Morries Hall has another legal issue to deal with these days: he has an upcoming date with Redwood County Court for a completely unrelated offense that occurred several months before Morries spent that fateful day with George Floyd.

In fact, while the well-publicized trial has been going on this month, Morries Hall spent several days in the Redwood County jail.

It begins back on Oct. 16, 2019. According to a criminal report filed by the Lower Sioux Police Department, on that day an officer observed a vehicle parked in the lot of the Oyate C-Store near Jackpot Junction. Store employees told the officer they had also seen the vehicle stalled alongside County Road 24 earlier in the day.

The Lower Sioux Police Officer approached the vehicle in the parking lot, and asked the driver, a 27-year old woman, for her ID. She gave the officer a false name. Another passenger was a 50 year old male. The third occupant of the vehicle was the owner, Morries Hall.

According to the police report, Hall gave the officer permission to search the vehicle, where the officer found a variety of containers of illegal drugs and paraphernalia, including methamphetamine, heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine.

Hall was taken into custody and transported to the Redwood County jail, where officers found $2,295 on his person. He was read his Miranda warning, and admitted the narcotics in the vehicle were his. He also admitted he had arranged an appointment for the other two passengers in the car to have sex with each other.

As a result Hall was charged in Redwood County with four drug-related offenses, and three prostitution-related offenses via summons compliant on February 10, 2021. A court date for his first appearance was set on March 8, 2021. Hall failed to appear at the hearing and District Court Judge Patrick Rohland issued a warrant for his arrest. On April 12, 2021, Hall made an appearance on the warrant after being taken into custody in Hennepin County on unrelated charges. Bail was set at $25,000 bond or $2,500 cash with conditions and $40,000 bond without conditions. His next hearing is set of April 26, 2021 at 9 a.m.

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