Judge Denies New Trial For Unjolee Moore In 2010 Murder

Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Unjolee Moore at recent hearing
Unjolee Moore at recent hearing

Criminal Court Judge Don Poole has denied a new trial for a man convicted of a 2010 murder.

Unjolee Moore, at a recent hearing, claimed that he made a confession after being beaten by a detective and held for over 13 hours while handcuffed behind his back. He also said he had ineffective assistance of counsel.

85em; margin-bottom: 0.85em; padding: 0px; border: 0px rgb(225, 225, 225);">His current lawyer, Daniel Murphy, said he was able to obtain a jail medical record showing he had lacerations around the hands and swelling at the left eye after the encounter with former Detective Michael Wenger and another officer.

Attorney Murphy said phone records show that Moore could not have been at the murder scene.

Prosecutor Cameron Williams noted that a female that Moore was with said he had a gun when he left driving her Nissan Maxima. He said a Maxima was seen at the British Woods Apartments where Bernard Hughes was killed and Timothy Westfield was left for dead. 

Judge Poole, in a lengthy written opinion, said he did not find grounds for a new trial after reviewing the evidence. 

The group Concerned Citizens for Justice took up Moore's cause and earlier issued a statement in his behalf.

Click here to read the ruling.

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