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Idaho Lawyer Gunned Down After Filing Client’s Divorce

Posted Mar 14, 2011 11:43 AM CDT
By Stephanie Francis Ward

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Emmett Corrigan, a 30-year-old Boise, Idaho, lawyer in practice since October, was shot and killed Friday, allegedly by a man whose wife was Corrigan’s employee.

The shooting took place in Meridian, a Boise suburb. The suspect, Robert Hall, allegedly confronted Corrigan over “domestic issues,” Meridian Deputy Police Chief Tracy Basterrechea told the Idaho Statesman. The Idaho Press-Tribune reports that Corrigan filed divorce papers on behalf of Hall's wife the day before he was killed. Hall reportedly believed Corrigan was having an affair with his wife, who was Corrigan's assistant.

The shooting took place around 10:20 p.m. at a Walgreens parking lot. Hall, a civilian employee with the Ada County Sheriff’s Office, was charged with first-degree murder today, the Press-Tribune reported. He has a superficial gunshot wound to the head, according to police, but it is not clear if Hall was shot in a struggle or shot himself.

Corrigan and his wife, Ashlee, had five young children, according to news reports. He recently started his own law practice, focusing on criminal defense work.

“He hadn’t had that much experience. But I’ve done criminal law for 20 years and can tell when someone loves it,” D.C. Carr, a Boise criminal defense lawyer who knew Corrigan, told the Idaho Statesman. “Emmett was one I could tell was going to stay with it.”

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