Preliminary hearing for Claremore man Cory Matthew Hall is scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1 in the court of Judge Joe Smith.

At Hall’s June 29, 2007 arraignment, Judge Smith entered a “not guilty” plea on Hall’s behalf, after murder in the first degree charges were read against him, alleging he had stabbed his ex-girlfriend Autumn Dawn Collins 45 times on the morning of June 25 causing her death.

Hall, 24, was taken into police custody later that morning and booked into Rogers County Jail, where he has remained.

A preliminary hearing is a proceeding, after a criminal complaint has been filed by the prosecutor, to determine whether, and to what extent, criminal charges and civil cause of actions will be heard (by a court), what evidence will be admitted, and what else must be done (before a case can proceed).

At such a hearing, the defendant may be assisted by counsel, indeed in many jurisdictions there is a right to counsel at the preliminary hearing.

Hall’s legal council is Claremore attorney Jack Gordon Jr.