LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The Alabama Supreme Court has reversed the decision of a state appeals court, meaning a capital murder suspect in Limestone County could go back to jail to await trial.
Joel Moyers had been released on bond last December, after the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals ordered a judge to set bail for him. However, the Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the appeals court on Friday.
A Limestone County judge will hold a hearing in the case next week.
Moyers is charged with capital murder in connection with the shooting death of Brandon Hydrick in 2012. Initially, the charge was reckless murder, but it was upgraded.
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 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, but he 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.