Morries Lester Hall is an African-American man who has lived in different parts of the United States including Texas and Minnesota. His name is sometimes misspelled as Maurice Lester Hall.
Hall was friends with George Floyd. They are natives of Houston, Texas.
Both Hall and Floyd moved from Texas to Minnesota with the help John Riles, a pastor who helped people struggling with chemical addiction and poverty moved to the Twin Cities to better their lives. Here are 13 more things about Hall:
- His nickname is Reese. (a)
- Aside from Houston, he has lived in other parts of Texas including Missouri City and College Station. (b)
- In 2011, he moved from Houston to Minnesota. (a)
- On December 23, 2012, he was arrested for burglary. (a)
- On February 27, 2013, he was found guilty of burglary. He was incarcerated at Minnesota Correctional Facility-Stillwater in Bayport, Washington County, Minnesota from March 1, 2013 to June 12, 2017. (a) (c)
- He and Floyd connected in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota through Riles and had been in touch every day since 2016. Floyd moved from Houston to Minnesota in 2017. (a) (d)
- He lived at the Salvation Army Harbor Light Center, a homeless shelter in Minneapolis, where Floyd worked as a security guard. In August 2019, police stopped him outside the shelter and found 23 grams combined of cocaine and meth in his backpack. They also checked his locker at the shelter and found a gun, which he was barred from carrying due to his criminal record. (a)
- On May 25, 2020, he, Floyd and Shawanda Hill were inside a blue Mercedes-Benz park outside Cup Foods on Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis. Wearing a red hat, a white shirt and red pants, he was in the front passenger’s seat while Floyd was in the driver’s seat and Hill was in the backseat when they were approached by Minneapolis Police Department officers Thomas Kiernan Lane and J Alexander Kueng. Two more officers namely Derek Michael Chauvin and Tou Thao arrived minutes later. While Chauvin was kneeling on Floyd’s neck, Floyd told his late mother that he loved her and at one point said, “I love you, Reese!” (a)
- He was 42 years old when Floyd died on May 25, 2020. Floyd was 46. (a) (c)
- On May 27, 2020, he hitchhiked from Minneapolis to Houston. On June 1, 2020, he was arrested in Houston on outstanding warrants involving gun and drug possession along with domestic assault and was booked into the Harris County Jail in Houston. He was released on June 2, 2020 with the help of his lawyer Ashlee C. McFarlane. (a) (d)
- On June 4, 2020, he appeared on “Good Morning America.” (e)
- In March 2021, he was ordered to jail for violating a domestic violence no-contact order. It stemmed from a toxic relationship he has with the mother of his child, according to his friend Mark Kallenbach, who was also one of his lawyers. (a)
- Presided by Hennepin County Judge Peter A. Cahill, Chauvin’s murder trial started on March 29, 2021 at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis. On April 6, 2021, he appeared via video as Cahill discussed motions before the court in Chauvin’s trial. When he was called to testify on April 14, 2021, he invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and his invocation was granted by Cahill. Testifying about his actions or even about being in the vehicle with Floyd on May 25, 2020 could potentially incriminate him, his lawyer Adrienne Cousins explained. (a) (f) (g)