Judge denies convicted killer's motion for new trial

Judge denies convicted killer's motion for new trial

LIMESTONE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - A new trial has been denied for the man convicted of a 2012 shooting death.

Limestone County Judge James Woodroof denied the motion asking for a new trial for Joel Moyers. Woodroof also rejected defense motions for an acquittal and for an arrest of judgment.

Last week Moyers' attorneys claimed jury members were influenced by outside sources and by each other to reach a verdict.

They asked the judge to call the 12 members of the jury to the stand to testify as to what happened.

The defense claimed jurors broke their oath during the trial, while prosecutors say there is no evidence that supports any of the allegations are true.

The first hour and 20 minutes of the hearing was closed to the public, and court officials would not comment on whether any jurors testified.

Once the courtroom was opened to the public, the defense argued that intent to kill was never outlined in the indictments and Moyers should not been charged with capital murder.

Last week, Moyers said "I hope I get some justice, because it was an accident, I never intended to kill nobody."

Moyers was convicted for the 2012 shooting death of 26-year-old Brandon Hydrick in the Tanner Community.

District Attorney Brian C.T. Jones and Assistant District Attorney Jim Ayers argued that since Moyers shot into a vehicle that he knew was occupied when he killed Brandon Hydrick, capital murder was the right charge.

"I am very pleased with today's outcome," said Jones in a statement. "I want to thank the men and women of the jury for their dedication to doing their civic duty. I know that today was very difficult for them and I hope today's ruling will put an end to this matter.

"I know that justice was served and the Hydrick family will continue the healing process," Jones added.

Hyrdrick's sister, Jessica Hydrick, said the defense's attempt to get a new trial was painful for her family.

"You can't begin to heal until this is over," Jessica said. "In May, we thought this was over."

Moyers was sentenced in May to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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