James Wendell Hall

James Wendell Hall, a black football player at the University, served six and half years in prison for Sarah’s murder before being released by a grand jury due to poor evidence used to arrest, try, and charge him. While it cannot be known if these details were salient or known to Ana, the series of mistakes made by police in handling the evidence in the aftermath of the assault and the indelible stain of racism on the train-including the use of racial slurs against Hall in the courtroom-cannot be erased. The history of blaming black men in order to protect white women obviously rears its head again here. In 1983 Hall’s conviction was overturned when a man who was guilty of three other campus sexual assaults confessed to the killing but was never charged with the murder.Twenty years later Hall was arrested for murdering a grocery store clerk via strangulation.