Update: Joel Moyers, Charged With Capital Murder, Released on Bond

Posted on: 3:04 pm, December 20, 2013, by , updated on: 05:02pm, December 20, 2013

Joel Moyers (Photo: Limestone County Sheriff's Office)

Joel Moyers (Photo: Limestone County Sheriff’s Office)

LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Earlier in the day, the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals ordered a Limestone County judge to set bail for a man charged with capital murder.

Joel Moyers was released on a $275,000 bond shortly after 4 p.m.  WHNT News 19 has learned that bond was signed by a bail bondsman.

Moyers is charged with capital murder in connection with the shooting death of Brandon Hydrick in 2012.

Moyers told authorities the night of the shooting that he fired a warning shot into the air at a truck in which Hydrick was a passenger and did not intend to kill him.

However, Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely has said Moyers’ claim was not supported by the trajectory of the bullet from the semi-automatic weapon, which struck the tailgate of the truck, went through the back seat and into the passenger seat, killing Hydrick.

Brandon Hydrick

Brandon Hydrick

Brandon Hydrick was with his brother Ryan, 24, and the two were driving along rural roads at about 3 a.m. following a family cookout.

Moyers has been held without bail since the charge against him was changed from reckless murder to capital murder in December 2012.

In February Moyers filed the writ of habeas corpus petitioning that bail be set.  Woodruff denied bail after a hearing.

7 comments

  • Ter caterwaul says:

    What an outrage! There is no justice in Alabama.

  • So wrong! My heart goes out to family and friends of Brandon. He should be with them for Christmas. Not his killer.

    • Precious says:

      I agree Sarah. This is so messed up!! I guess they have forgotten this is the same man that tried to kill himself!! How stupid to set bond for this animal. He will surely harm himself now that he is out on bond to keep from serving any time!!! Good Lord!!!

  • This is obviously a case of manslaughter; yes, the justice system in Alabama leaves a lot to be desired.

    • Precious says:

      Manslaughter???? What backs this up as Manslaughter Miss. Speaks? Capital murder!! Enough said!

    • Michael Caterwaul says:

      This is capital murder. See Alabama criminal code 13A-5-40(a) 17. Firing into a vehicle and killing the occupant is capital murder. Sholanda, you should shut up until you learn to read and are able to get the facts straight.

  • jamison-jones says:

    Unfortunately there are so many of these fat, heavily medicated paranoid slobs totting around with guns in the countryside and about. Manslaughter? He could easily get away with it. I know more people doing more time for attempted murder than actually killing someone. Thats how briliiant this system is. Bond? i’m not surprised one bit but thats how it goes. you have to be in jail or prison to actually know the tricks and loopholes of everything about the justice system. I’m not surprised.

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