Plea Deal In Murder Case After Skeletal Remains Found In Pontiac Park

WWJ News
June 25, 2020 - 10:36 am
Hall and Bass

Paul Anthony Hall, left, and victim Eugene Bass. (Photos: Oakland County Sheriff's Office)

(WWJ) A Pontiac man will be sentenced for a reduced murder charge in the death of a Lansing man last spring. 

Paul Anthony Hall, 47, on Wednesday entered a no contest plea in Oakland County Circuit Court in the disappearance and death of 42-year-old Eugene Bass. 

In a deal with prosecutors, Hall agreed to plead to second degree, court records show, rather than going to trial on a charge of first degree murder. 

While the lesser charge is still punishable by up to life in prison, Hall will be able to seek the possibility of parole. 

Bass' skelatal remaons were found last month by at Pontiac's Galloway Lake Park, after the Oakland County Sheriff's Office said it received information on the location. 

Back in July of last year, Hall was arrested and charged with open murder in the case, despite the fact that Bass' body had not yet been located. 

Investigators believe Bass was slain in the area of Midland and Michigan Ave. in Pontiac on May 23, 2019.  People at the scene told deputies that someone in a silver Chevy Equinox had been shot outside a home on Midland. While investigators couldn't find the vehicle or the victim, they learned from witnesses that the SUV in question was known to belong to Hall, and deputies found a spent shell casing in the driveway.

Upon further investigation, sheriff's officials said Bass' blood and DNA were discovered in Hall's Equinox and on his clothing. 

"No contest" is not an admission of guilt but will be treated as such at Hall's sentencing, scheduled for July 27.

Hall has numerous previous felony convictions for crimes including fleeing and eluding police, aggravated assault, domestic violence and drug charges. 

He remains held without bond.