Murder case ends in plea agreement

Published 11:44 pm Thursday, September 25, 2014

After nearly five years behind bars with capital murder charge, Kevin Moore pleaded guilty Wednesday to manslaughter for his involvement in a 2009 shooting.

Moore, of Selma, was one of four suspects tied to the Oct. 20, 2009 drive-by shooting on the 1800 block of Alabama Avenue that took the life of a 22-year-old Byron Latimore, who was riding in the area. Circuit Court Judge Collins Pettaway sentenced Moore, the shooter, to 20 years with the possibility of parole Wednesday.

Jamien Brown, who drove the vehicle used in the drive-by, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in May 2014. Brown, of Selma, was sentenced to 15 years with the possibility of parole.

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“It was good to close out these cases and bring closure to the victim’s families,” District Attorney Michael Jackson said. “These guys have caused a havoc in that community. When you can bring people that caused a havoc in this community to justice, that’s always a good thing.”

A witness of the 2009 shooting alerted officers with the Selma Police Department, who were in the area at the time of the incident, of Latimore’s gunshot wound to the head. Latimore was the passenger of a car, driven by a female driver, who was not harmed from the shooting.

“Apparently, the vehicle carrying the suspects pulled up alongside the victim’s vehicle,” Selma Police Sgt. Tory Neely said in a previous Times-Journal article. “The suspects opened fire on the victims’ vehicle and struck him.”

Latimore was immediately rushed to Vaughn Regional Medical Center and then airlifted to UAB Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Brown and Latimore’s original attempted murder charges were upgraded to capital murder the day following the Tuesday shooting, according to a previous Times-Journal article.

They have been in jail under a no bond charge since the incident occurred, Jackson said.

Jackson said Moore and Brown confessed to their involvement in the shooting, but they never gave a reason for why they committed the crime or identified the two additional suspects.

He also said Brown, Moore and the other two suspects were gang members.

For Jackson, it’s vital the two other suspects also be arrested, charged and convicted, but he knows the reality of the situation may not allow it.

“Whether that ever happens or not, we’ll never know,” Jackson said. “They could be sitting in jail under some other stuff. “

Jackson said Moore had a prior drug conviction, but Brown doesn’t have a record of any convictions. Jackson said several factors contributed to the manslaughter conviction of Brown and Moore coming years following the incident.

“Jamie Brown went through multiple attorneys, which caused many delays,” Jackson said. “And one of the forensic scientists on these cases had multiple surgeries and illnesses.”

Police are still searching for the two other possible suspects tied to the 2009 shooting incident.