LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A Limestone County judge denied bond for murder suspect Joel Moyers.
Moyers is charged with capital murder for the shooting death of Brandon Hydrick.
Judge James Woodruff presided over a bond hearing on February 19th. Exactly one week later he made his decision to deny bond.
Moyers was originally charged with reckless murder and shooting into an occupied vehicle following the September 29, 2012, killing of 26-year old Brandon Hydrick.
Bond on those charges was set at $260,000. Moyers was out of jail on bond when Jones reconvened a grand jury to review ballistics evidence just obtained from the Alabama Department of Forensic Science.
That evidence included video of a rifle confiscated from Moyers being test fired three times. Each of the three shots hit the target aimed at by ADFS investigators. Jones indicated that evidence proves Moyers did not fire a warning shot into the air the night Hydrick was killed as he claimed to sheriff’s deputies at the time of his arrest.
Moyers, according to Sheriff Mike Blakely, admitted firing the gun one time that night. The bullet, according to testimony last week, struck the tailgate on Hydrick’s small pick-up truck and continued through the cab of the truck, striking Hydrick in the back and killing him.