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April 16, 2024

Police make arrest in Lisa Hall homicide

Hollister police made an arrest in the case of a 40-year-old woman killed by gunshot wounds and dropped at the local hospital.

On Aug. 9, police arrested Michael Simas, 33, for his suspected involvement in the killing of Lisa Hall.

On today’s date, Michael Simas agreed to meet with police detectives and answer questions as to how Lisa Hall was shot and killed on Aug. 8. He arrived at the police department along with his attorney.

Simas provided a statement and advised the shooting was accidental and had occurred in his trailer in the unincorporated area of the county on Orchard Road.  He also advised detectives where he had disposed of the firearm used in the shooting.

Hollister police detectives recovered the handgun allegedly used in this shooting along Fairview Road.  Police Personnel have also seized the trailer that had been moved to Hanford by Simas.

A search warrant had been executed in Hanford yesterday by Hollister Police, UNET Agents and with the assistance of Hanford Police Department.  Items seiezed during that search warrant resulted in further evidence pointing toward Simas’ involvement.

Lisa Hall was brought to the hospital.

Simas was booked at the San Benito County Jail for 187 P.C. Murder and 135 P.C. distruction of evidence.

Anyone having information on this case is asked to call Detective Martinez at the Hollister Police Department at 636-4330. Persons wishing to remain anonymous can call the WeTip Hotline at 800-87-CRIME. Information provided to WeTip may qualify for a reward.

The Hollister Police Department would like to express our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of the Lisa Hall.

The Hollister Police Department would like to thank the San Benito County Sheriff’s Office the United Narcotics Enforcment Team (UNET), Hanford Police Department, The San Benito County District Attorneys Office, and the California Department of Justice for their assistance in this investigation.

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