Man accused in slaying of officer appointed 2nd attorney Jimmie E. Gates • email@example.com • January 24, 200
A second attorney has been appointed at taxpayers’ expense to help defend accused Jackson cop killer Sharrod Ray Moore in his upcoming trial in Hinds County Circuit Court. Also, Hinds County Judge Swan Yerger has decided a special jury pool will be called just for the trial and a jury questionnaire will be sent out to potential jurors.Once a jury is selected, the members will be sequestered for the duration of the trial.
District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith said he doesn’t expect anything to stop the case from going to trial March 2.
Moore is charged in the 1995 slaying of Jackson Patrolman R.J. Washington, whose body was found with multiple gunshot wounds in a field in west Jackson.
Lula Anderson has been appointed as co-counsel to Chuck Millins, a private attorney hired to represent Moore, in the case. The two defended Moore in another criminal case.
More help was needed in this case “due to the seriousness of the crime, voluminous evidence and a number of witness,” according to a defense motion.
The district attorney’s office didn’t object to the request.
So far, Hinds County has paid Mullins about $17,821.
The defense and prosecutors have hassled over discovery evidence.
Mullins has complained he hadn’t received information on several pieces of discovery evidence requested from the state.
In an order this month, Yerger ordered the state to produce items requested by the defense or submit a letter to the defense counsel explaining why the items cannot be produced.
Yerger also said the state should advise the defense on whether fingerprints obtained from Washington’s patrol car still exist. If the fingerprints are still in existence, the state should run them through the Automated Fingerprint Identification System as previously ordered by the court on Nov. 16, he said.
Moore, 31, initially was indicted in February 2008 in Washington’s death, based on an investigation by the Jackson Police Department Cold Case Unit. He was reindicted June 27 on capital murder and armed robbery charges.
Washington’s slaying is one of several in which Moore has been charged. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter in two prior killings. He was on supervised release in October 2007, when he was jailed in Washington’s slaying. Charges were dropped against him and two others in the 1998 slayings of four young men because of a lack of evidence.
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