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Paragraphs 7 & 9 read: "Helton is a mother of three who said she didn't buy the defense's excuse that Hall's Zoloft prescription made her insane."

"Witnesses said Hall acted distressed and confused at the time of the murder. Deputies said she left her Granite Falls home before they even arrived."

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Mother on trial for murdering son 

09:45 PM EDT on Monday, April 18, 2005

By LISA RANTALA / 6NEWS

GRANITE FALLS, NC -- A jury could soon decide if a Caldwell County mother lives or dies.

Sheriff's deputies said Janet Hall killed her son and tried to kill her daughter at their Granite Falls home last year. Her capital murder trial started Monday.

Hall did not speak as she went inside the Caldwell County courthouse.

Inside the courtroom, Hall is on trial for her life. Deputies arrested her last year after they said she shot and killed her 11-year-old son and then shot and nearly beat to death her 16-year old-daughter.

"I don't think I would have been a good juror. I'm not partial to anyone hurting a child. I don't care what the excuse is," said excused juror Stephanie Helton.

The courts dismissed Helton from Hall's jury pool.

Helton is a mother of three who said she didn't buy the defense's excuse that Hall's Zoloft prescription made her insane.

“Looking at somebody that hurt a child, especially killing one and hurting another; they're put on this earth as a gift from God, it's not possible," Helton said.

Witnesses said Hall acted distressed and confused at the time of the murder. Deputies said she left her Granite Falls home before they even arrived.

Now that she's arrested and in court, Hall knows if jurors find her guilty she could pay for her son Eric Hall's death with her own life.

Hall's daughter recovered from her injuries and will graduate high school next month.

The courts dismissed two potential jurors Monday afternoon as they both had issues with the death penalty. Jury selection could last for the rest of the week.

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