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Dallas County Judge sends Marquis Moorer murder case to grand jury

A preliminary hearing was held for the suspect accused of killing Selma police officer Marquis Moorer two months ago on Friday in the Dallas County Courthouse.

Dallas County Circuit Court Judge Collins Pettaway Jr. found probable cause for the case of Javonte Stubbs, 18, to get bound over to the Dallas County Grand Jury. Pettaway kept Stubbs in jail under no bond. He denied Stubbs’ legal team to set bond.

Stubbs 18, is charged with murder of a police officer, attempted murder and shooting into an occupied dwelling. He’s been in police custody since the day after the officer’s death when he was picked up near Tuscaloosa by the U.S. Marshals- Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force and State Bureau of Investigation agents.

Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson said the case remains under investigation.

“We are still in the very early stages of the investigation,” Jackson said. “We won’t go to the grand jury until the investigation is complete.”

On July 27, Moorer was killed between 3:30 and 4 a.m.  while on lunch break. The woman at the apartment, Shakiaria Barley, was shot in the leg.

Stubbs was arrested on July 28 by U.S. Marshals- Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force and SBI Agents at the Links apartment complex in Tuscaloosa.

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s SBI Division is handling the case. Stubbs is represented by Attorneys Darryl Bender and Emory Anthony, based out of Birmingham.

Lt. Robert Gautney of the SBI testified. He was the sole witness called by the state in the 90-minute hearing.

Gautney said the Moorer apartment, 12C, received “several” bullet strikes from a high-powered rifle during the incident. The rounds entered the apartment and went through several interior walls with one round entering an adjacent apartment.

Moorer’s body was found in the bedroom with a gunshot wound to the chest, Gautney testified. His bullet resistant vest and gun belt were beside him on a dresser.

A K-9 handler with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives searched the courtyard. The dog discovered 14 spent shell casings in 7.62 x 39 caliber, Gautney said.

Gautney also testified that Stubbs’ cellphone was recovered and examined and that the GPS feature on the phone placed it

it in the courtyard at the time of the shooting and that an fitness app Stubbs has on the phone showed the phone was moving around.

A witness told the SBI that they allegedly saw Stubbs leave the apartment after the shooting and said he was carrying a long gun with a long clip.

A second witness said Stubbs allegedly told them about three hours after the shooting that he shot the officer.

Stubbs, a former Selma High football standout, told investigators that several people were at his relative’s apartment and asleep at the time of the shooting. The shots woke them up and they ran outside

No motive for the shooting has ever been released. During cross examination and on the topic of motive, Gautney told Anthony that any testimony he gave would be “speculation.”