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Contact: Susan Houghton
Phone: (925) 422-9919
  February 14, 2000


During the past few days, there have been a number of mediainquiries on the possible connection between Lawrence LivermoreNational Laboratory, the National Ignition Facility and the death inOctober 1999 of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory employee LeeHall.

The Hall murder is a police investigation. Lawrence LivermoreNational Laboratory is cooperating fully with all law enforcementagencies involved in the issue. However, it is our understanding thatthere are a number of theories or personal scenarios that could haveled to Mr. Hall's death. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratorymanagement knows of no connection between Mr. Hall's death and hiswork on the National Ignition Facility.

Mr. Hall was a dedicated employee who was well liked by his peers,and his managers. His work on NIF involved the mechanical layout ofthe laser beams - an unclassified project. When a problem surfaced inthe laser beam alignment, Mr. Hall was one of a number of individualswho teamed to identify, quantify and resolve the issue.

Mr. Hall's murder was a terrible crime. Lawrence LivermoreNational Laboratory joins the Livermore Police Department and otheragencies involved in the investigation in hoping for aresolution.

Founded in 1952, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is anational security laboratory, with a mission to ensure nationalsecurity and apply science and technology to the important issues ofour time. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is managed by theUniversity of California for the U.S. Department of Energy.

(If you desire more information on the investigation, contact theCity of Livermore Police Chief Ron Scott at (925) 371-4710).


Founded in 1952, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is a national security laboratory that develops science and engineering technology and provides innovative solutions to our nation's most important challenges. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is managed by Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration.