Frances Hall didn’t have a perfect life, but she had a happy one.
The 53-year-old mom and grandma was married to multi-millionaire CEO Bill Hall Jr. They were high school sweethearts and had been together for 32 years.Screenshot/ABC 12
According to CBS News, Bill’s extra-marital affairs were no secret to his wife or other close family members.
But when he started dating a younger woman named Bonnie Contreras, the married couple’s relationship started deteriorating.Screenshot/ABC 12
When Bill tried to leave Bonnie, the young woman started sending Frances lewd text messages. Frances told “48 Hours”:
“And she started sending these texts, these pictures. I could not believe the filth that this girl was telling me. I wasn’t all innocent. I was texting back. But after, like, about four texts my husband said, ‘Give me the phone.’ And he started texting her. I could not believe she was calling me these names.”
Then, on a weekend in October when the couple was trying to patch up their relationship, Bonnie sent a picture of her having sex with Bill. Frances kicked Bill out of the home, and he spent the night at Bonnie’s. She had seen enough.
The next day Frances was driving on a two-lane highway when she saw Bill on his motorcycle and Bonnie driving the car in front of him.Screenshot/ABC 12
She turned her car around to confront the woman who had broken their marriage. In a recent interview with ABC 12, Frances said what happened next was an accident:
“My intentions were to confront her. I wanted her to stop messing with me and my children.”
But the situation quickly spun out of control. Bill’s motorcycle hit Frances car, and he went off the road. Sadly, he died of his injuries.
Frances was found guilty of murdering her husband. She was devastated when the jury found her guilty. But she told ABC 12 that she’s yet to forgive herself:
“Looking back, I should have divorced him. At least he would still be alive […] I love Bill Hall Jr. For the rest of my life, I will always love Bill Hall Jr.”
The wife was sentenced to two years in prison, two years of probation, and fined $10,000.
Bonnie told KENS 5 in 2016 that she had forgiven Frances for killing Bill. She had previously filed a lawsuit against Frances for $2.5 million in April of that year, according to the San Antonio Express-News.
The former girlfriend says she knew Bill was married after they had been dating for three months.