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Charlottesville: ‘Lack of cooperation’ leads to plea in October homicide

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A Charlottesville man pled guilty to the October homicide of Danny O’Brien Hall on East Market Street.

Reginald Eugene Lindsay Jr. pled guilty to manslaughter in Charlottesville Circuit Court today.

Charlottesville Commonwealth’s Attorney Joe Platania said it was not an ideal outcome for Hall’s family. However, he said, there was an “almost total lack of cooperation by individuals with knowledge of this incident.”

The Charlottesville Police Department gathered all available evidence in the Oct. 14 homicide and made substantial efforts to locate and attempt to interview eyewitnesses.

This case highlights the difficulty of successfully investigating and prosecuting crimes of violence without community cooperation, Platania said.

Lindsay is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 24 at 1 p.m. He faces up to 10  years in prison.

Crystal Graham

Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.