Prosecution witness Patricia Hallmon dies
Patricia Hallmon, who testified in all six of Curtis Flowers' trials, died on Saturday*, according to Affordable Funeral Home in Grenada, Mississippi. She was 50.
Hallmon was the sister of triple-murderer Odell Hallmon, also a witness in the Flowers case. Patricia testified for the state that she saw Flowers — then her next-door neighbor — coming and going from his house on the morning of the murders. In 1996, she had told investigators that Flowers had been "in a rage" that morning and that, several days earlier, she'd overheard him speak angrily about what she assumed was his job at Tardy Furniture. However, when she spoke with In The Dark
in 2017, she contradicted her previous statement, telling reporters that she'd never heard Flowers say anything negative about Tardy Furniture or his co-workers there. "He ain't act like no violent person," Hallmon told In The Dark
. "He acted like the sweetest gentleman."
Hallmon isn't the first witness to die in the 23-year-long history of the case, but she is the only witness to have recanted parts of her testimony to In The Dark
before doing so. Should the case proceed to a seventh trial, there is likely to be debate over whether Hallmon's testimony should be treated in the same way as that of other dead witnesses — like Porky Collins and Sam Jones — whose earlier testimonies have been read into open court at subsequent trials.
*The original version of this story incorrectly reported the day of Hallmon's death.