18-Year-Old Driver Charged with Murder in Fatal Bike Collision Back in Court

Cody Hall will be at the Gale-Schenone Hall of Justice in Pleasanton this afternoon

Cody Matthew Hall Photo Credit: Pleasanton Police
Cody Matthew Hall Photo Credit: Pleasanton Police

Pleasanton resident Cody Hall will appear at the Gale-Schenone Hall of Justice in Pleasanton at 2 p.m. today for a preliminary examination, according to court records.

The 18-year-old Foothill High graduate is charged with second degree murder, along with felony reckless driving in the June 9 collision that killed 58-year-old Dublin resident Diana Hersevoort

According to documents submitted by police to the court, Hall is believed to have been passing a vehicle on Foothill Road at about 83 miles per hour, when he lost control of his car, striking bicyclists Diana and Joe Hersevoort on June 9. 

In November of 2013, Hall entered a plea of 'not guilty' for all charges and was denied bail by Judge Jacob Blea.

[Related article: Cody Hall Pleads Not Guilty,  Judge Denies Bail]

Hall has been at the Santa Rita Jail on a "no bail status" since he was taken into custody on Aug. 14 while in appearing in court after prosecutors raised the vehicular manslaughter charge against Hall to murder.  Read the full story here.

During his first court appearance on July 29, Hall was ordered by Judge Hugh Walker not to drive during the course of the case.

[Related story: Judge Orders Defendant in Fatal Bike Crash Not to Drive]

The Hall case has drawn national attention because his social media posts, along with his driving record, will likely be part of the foundation for the murder case against him.

[Related article: Apparent 'CodyyHall' Instagram Posts Flaunt Beating Speeding Ticket and Hating Police]

In a previous Patch article, criminal defense attorney Mary Ann Bird says a guilty conviction for Hall could put the teen in prison until he is in his thirties. If Hall is convicted on the murder charge, Bird says Hall could be sentenced up to 15 years to life in prison.

Hall's father, Aaron Hall, a two-time convicted felon, is facing his own felony charges that resulted from firearms, ammunition and a controlled substance allegedly found during the execution of a search warrant on June 30 relating his son's collision. Read the full story here.

Previous Patch articles about the fatal Foothill Road collision:

JoAnne Norman April 02, 2014 at 03:23 PM
I'll be there to support Diana's family. Unless you've had something like this close to you, you cannot even imagine the sorrow and grief for the family, including additional stress before and on court dates. Tragic, sad, unfair and may have been prevented if Cody's license had been taken away after his first few accidents and speeding tickets (remember, he was just 18 years old at the time of the accident so should not have been on the road after his 85+ speeding ticket that he beat and bragged about online). Now if he would only "Own Up" and get this over with before his lawyer takes every dime his supporters have ever earned.
Sonny April 03, 2014 at 02:14 PM
Thanks for the update Autumn! To bad the Pleasanton Weekly can't even find current subjects for their "Top Stories" or "Town Square" sections let alone update us on something that made front page headlines a short time ago. I'm with "A Reader" - let the little punk rot in jail!
Sonny April 03, 2014 at 02:20 PM
Incidentally, would someone please explain what this "preliminary examination" actually is? Thanks!
JoAnne Norman April 03, 2014 at 04:08 PM
The primary purpose of a "preliminary hearing" is to determine if there is enough evidence to try the case in front of a jury. I was in the courtroom yesterday afternoon and don't believe anybody left with a doubt on whether there is enough evidence. Two of the witnesses who took the stand came forward to the police on their own after the accident just because the had witnessed Cody Hall's reckless driving that day and both feared something terrible was about to happen.
linda April 03, 2014 at 05:37 PM
I wish I had heard about Cody's Prelim appearance because I would have gone to support Diana's family. Which judge presided yesterday? Hopefully all the social media comments Cody posted online are accepted and entered into evidence. It will be interesting to see this punks face when he realizes he provided the rope from which he'll be hung. Now that's sweet justice!


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