Capital murder trial begins in Athens for Joel Moyers

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Joel Moyers (WHNT News 19 file)

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ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – Opening statements will begin just after 2 p.m. in a capital murder trial in Limestone County.  Joel Patrick Moyers is charged in the shooting death of 26-year-old Brandon Hydrick in September 2012.

Jury selection took place earlier Monday.  Ultimately, lawyers selected 11 men and three women.

At the start of jury selection, there were more than 100 potential jurors.  Attorney questioned them about a variety of things.  The defense asked potential jurors whether or not they served in the military, and if anyone had been shot.  Two replied yes, one while serving in Iraq and another in Vietnam.

The defense also asked if any of the potential jurors live in the country, in rural areas without many neighbors.

The defense asked if anyone was opposed to the Second Amendment.  No one said they were.  The defense asked if any are hunters, and more than a dozen raised their hands.

The defense said Moyers will be called to testify during the trial, likely about alcohol use and guns.   The defense emphasized to potential jurors they will need to separate their feelings on drinking and guns from the testimony.

The family of Brandon Hydrick family is in court to watch the proceedings.

Background

Moyers told investigators at the time of his arrest, he fired a warning shot in the direction of a truck Hydrick was in.  Hydrick’s younger brother was driving.

Authorities say the two were returning from a bonfire with friends when they got lost on Fennell Road.

Investigators say the brothers were pursued by Moyers, who said he just meant to fire a warning shot, but that shot killed Brandon Hydrick at the scene.

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