Investigators whose suspicions never were quelled by initial rulings Tina Green Hall killed her 6-year-old son and then herself in 2012 have now charged Hall’s then-boyfriend with the two homicides.
That former boyfriend, Vince Harris, reported finding the bodies back on Feb. 24, 2012, in Hall’s home at the corner of Howe Avenue and Wise Street in Oakland Park. He now faces two counts of murder and is being held without bond as his case goes to Superior Court.
Harris, 57, was arrested at 4:37 p.m. Monday at his residence downtown, in the 800 block of Second Avenue, according to Muscogee County Jail records, which show he was booked into the jail at 7:03 p.m.
Despite authorities’ concluding after their autopsies that Hall, 47, shot her son Jeremy before killing herself, detectives were never satisfied with that, said police Maj. Gil Slouchick.
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He said police Sgt. Randy Long, the department’s cold-case investigator, continued pursuing the case until he felt he had sufficient evidence to charge Harris.
“We’re not always at liberty to say everything we believe – we have to deal with facts and evidence,” Slouchick said. “Now we believe we have enough evidence and enough facts to make the case.”
He said continued investigation revealed evidence that didn’t fit a murder-suicide.
“With lab results and things like that, we just felt there was enough there,” he said of evidence implicating Harris. “We consulted with the district attorney’s office, and felt there was enough there to charge him, so we did.”
Though a police report at first said the mother and child died sometime between Feb. 24, a Friday, and 2:30 p.m. the Tuesday before, when Jeremy was last seen at Columbus’ Key Elementary School, detectives later said the two most likely died the day they were found.
Friends and family said the mother was a supervisor at the Fort Benning Burger King, and was entirely devoted to her son.
Karen Garner, the Key Elementary principal in 2012, told the Ledger-Enquirer the mother was a regular therel.
"She was a very active member of our school.... She loved her little boy," the principal said.
"Jeremy was a fun-loving kid," she added. "He liked to laugh. He loved cars and Legos. We'll miss him."