Sunday, May 27, 2007

Nina Starr, Loxton Murder, Further Update

Updates: Everything about Nina Starr.

From the advertiser:

A MAN pleaded guilty yesterday to murdering Loxton woman Nina Starr, whose body was found in the River Murray last year.

James Hall, 20, of Malpas, in the Riverland, admitted in the Supreme Court he murdered the 53-year-old supermarket worker.

Ms Starr's body was found floating in the river by campers, near the Loxton Riverbank Caravan Park wearing only ankle socks.

Police investigating her death at the time described Ms Starr's killing as "particularly vicious".

Hall was remanded in custody for sentencing submissions, to be heard in June.

Not many other outlets are carrying the story, unfortunately.

ABC Regional has the most detail:

Man admits to Loxton murder
Friday, 25 May 2007. 12:09 (AEST)

A 20-year-old man from the South Australian Riverland has admitted that he brutally murdered a woman at Loxton.

James Hall has pleaded changed his plea to guilty in the Supreme Court on a charge of murdering 53-year-old Nina Starr.

The court heard that he used a 44 cm spanner to bash Ms Starr while she was out walking.

Her badly-beaten body was found floating in the River Murray in January last year.

Hall will receive an automatic life prison sentence for murder.

Justice Margaret Nyland will consider setting a non-parole term later.

Outside the court, Ms Starr's family expressed relief at the guilty plea but said it did little to ease the grief.

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