Man accused in deadly Jacksonville crime spree that left officers injured pleads guilty

Lawrence Hall in court. (Copyright 2023 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A man who was accused of robbing an internet cafe in Mayport in 2019 before carjacking an elderly man who later died pleaded guilty to first-degree murder last month.

Lawrence Hall pleaded guilty on Feb. 27 to the murder of the 84-year-old Navy veteran who was carjacked at gunpoint and injured in a crash following a high-speed police chase. The plea came the same day the case would have gone to trial following pandemic-related delays.

Hall also pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted murder of a police officer, robbery, kidnapping and other charges. Two officers were injured trying to chase Hall.

Hall is suspected of carrying out the Jan. 2 crime spree that began with a stickup at a Mayport Road internet café and later escalated into a high-speed chase leading police from Atlantic Beach to East Arlington.

Hall was indicted and could’ve received the death penalty if convicted.

People who knew Reese said he was helpful and friendly -- their nicest neighbor, always saying hello and trying to help people.

Reese was laid to rest with military honors from the U.S. Navy