Moore's Murder Trial Begins

By: Garrett Wymer Email
By: Garrett Wymer Email

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STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- A murder trial began in Staunton Thursday.

Steven Moore is accused of first-degree murder in the death of Van Wesley Bell Jr. last March.

Sharon Moore, Steven's estranged wife, said Moore shot and killed a man in her home.

She said Steven showed up in her home, fought with Bell, then shot and killed him.

Police found two guns near the scene that night.

Court proceedings began at 9:30 a.m. with an hour-long jury selection.

Now eight men and five women will determine Moore's fate.

During opening statements, the prosecution focused on what Sharon would testify to, while the defense stated that police and prosecutors will rely too much on Sharon's testimony.

The court began hearing testimonies Thursday afternoon. So far, several police officers, rescue squad members, the medical examiner as well as Sharon Moore have testified.

Sharon was on the stand for about an hour and a half.

While on the stand, she stated what happened on the night of March 14, 2013.

During cross examination, the defense highlighted inconsistencies between previous statements and what she said Thursday.

As the first day in the trial wraps up, the judge expects a full two-day trial. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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