Steven Moore Found Guilty of First-Degree Murder


STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- UPDATE: After two hours of deliberations, jurors found Moore guilty of first-degree murder.

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Friday is day two of Steven Moore's trial.

He is accused of first-degree murder in the death of Van Wesley Bell Jr.

The prosecution presented evidence for much of Friday's proceedings.

The lead investigator in the case spoke for an hour and forty minutes as the prosecution worked to prove Moore murdered Bell beyond a reasonable doubt.

The defense continued to point out that there is an incomplete picture on what actually happened during the night of Bell's death in March 2013.

The gun and the six empty shells found in Steven's truck the night of the shooting were presented as evidence to the court.

Other guns have come into play as the defense argued that not enough testing was done on those and not enough is known exactly what happened.

Also during the proceedings Friday afternoon, the doctor who performed the autopsy, as well as forensic scientists took the stand.

A gun expert also took the stand to testify about the guns and ammunition in question.

The prosecution rested its case at about 5:15 p.m. after calling 22 witnesses over the span of two days.

The defense, on the other hand, called no witnesses before it rested its case; however, it did try to file a motion to strike multiple grounds, including the fact that the defense feels there is no evidence that the act was premeditated.

The judge overruled the motion.

As of 6 p.m., the court was in recess after the judge gave the jury the option to go to dinner and return at 6:15 p.m. to hear closing arguments or have trial continue either Saturday or Monday.

The jury choose to hear the closing arguments Friday night.


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