Davis to determine probable cause in Stoll case

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By The Staff


Morgan County News Editor

Robert Stoll will be back before Judge Mike Davis Thursday morning for a hearing to determine if there's probable cause to send him to the Grand Jury on two counts of second-degree murder.

Stoll is accused of firing a shot into a car fleeing from his property on Monday, Feb. 11.

At the time Sheriff Dennis Ledbetter said the shot came after an alleged attempt to steal a radiator. That shot is believed to have resulted in the deaths of 25-year-old Jessica Hatmaker and her unborn child.

The shot fired from a .30-30 high powered rifle entered the car through the rear door on the driver's side. It continued through the back of the driver's seat and struck Hatmaker in the back. She was eight months pregnant. Both Hatmaker and the unborn child were pronounced dead at Ambulatory Care Center in Wartburg just a short time after the shooting.

Stoll's bond was set at $250,000 on each count of second-degree murder. His wife, Melissa, hopes that bond will be reduced allowing him to return home while he awaits trial. Stoll has a history of brushes with the law here in Morgan County and in other states. According to local authorities he has one felony conviction which prohibits him from possessing a firearm.