Friday Barnstable County jury found 36-year-old Quoizel Wilson guilty of murder in the first degree. Cape & Islands District Attorney Michael O'Keefe made the announcement Friday. Wilson was tried and convicted of shooting 23-year-old Trudie Hall to death. Hall was pregnant with his child at the time of the murder.
Trudie Hall went missing in July 2010 after failing to return to Nantucket after an appointment in Hyannis. Hall was reported missing on a Thursday and by Saturday, a massive search in the Hyannis area was underway. Two more searches would be conducted, but Hall's body would not be found for another two years. As authorities searched for Hall, the Toyota Avalon she had rented was found in the commuter parking lot off Exit 6 on Route 6. Bullets, blood and brain matter were found in the car. After examining the car, the state medical examiner said it was nearly impossible for someone who had lost that much blood to have survived, the release said.
During the investigation, authorities quickly narrowed in on Wilson who was living in Centerville at the time. In August 2010, police searched Wilson's Great Marsh Road home, removing evidence including a motorcycle and an SUV. At the time of Hall's disappearance, Wilson was married to another woman. Police learned that Wilson and Hall had communicated via text and cell phone the day she disappeared.
In 2012, Trudie Hall's remains were found in a wooded area in Falmouth. The medical examiner confirmed that Hall had been shot several times.
The DA said Friday that cell tower records were instrumental in tracking Wilson's movements on the night of Hall's murder. Not only did the data reveal that Wilson was in the area of Hall's cell phone, but that Hall's phone was on and moving after she would have already been dead in the medical examiner's opinion.
In November 2013, Wilson was indicted by a Barnstable County Grand Jury on charges of murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and unlawful disposal of a body. Wilson was convicted on two separate theories of first degree murder: deliberate premeditation and extreme atrocity and cruelty.
"I hope this verdict brings a measure of comfort to Trudie's mother, Vivienne Hall, a gracious and patient lady," DA O'Keefe said.
Wilson was sentenced to life without parole. The trial lasted a little over a week with jury deliberations beginning Thursday.
The investigation was conducted by State Police, Barnstable police the state Crime Lab and the state Medical Examiner's Office. "The investigators led by Captain Chris Mason and Trooper Matt Lavoie of the Massachusetts State Police and all of the other police departments and First Assistant District Attorney Michael Trudeau and the prosecution team worked very hard to bring this case to a just conclusion," said DA O'Keefe.