Mysterious caller in woman’s death accused of rape, murder

The man whose phone call led cops to a dead woman’s body in a Mission district hotel room is accused of raping and killing her, authorities said.

Henry Hall, 59, allegedly phoned police twice the night of Sept. 14 — once to say the woman was dead, and a second time to say he planned to turn himself in, police said.

He did not turn himself in that night, police said.

Cops found the woman’s body at the hotel in the 2000 block of Mission Street at around 11:30 p.m. The woman was later identified as 37-year-old Amy Mustain, who lived in San Francisco but had no fixed address.

Cops tracked down Hall and arrested him Sept. 16. He is being held in San Francisco County Jail and was denied the possibility to post bail.

On Wednesday, Hall pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, rape and sodomy. Prosecutors allege the defendant killed the victim during the commission of a sexual assault inside his hotel room.

He faces life in prison without the possibility of parole, prosecutors said.

“Such brutal and violent criminal conduct has no place in San Francisco,” District Attorney Kamala Harris said in a statement.
 
Hall’s next scheduled court appearance is Oct. 4 to set the preliminary hearing date, prosecutors said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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