On Saturday, November 17 supporters gathered to run the UCP Krispy Kreme Run annual 5k in downtown Huntsville. This year though there were dozens of supporters dressed in bright pink shirts to support ‘Justice for Brandon Hydrick.’ They donned pink shirts and ran the race to honor the recently slain 26-year-old Brandon, who was shot in cold-blood while riding as a passenger of a truck by the mobile home of Joel Moyers, a Limestone County resident.
Moyers was released on bail despite the fact that his crime is a capital murder offense, a charge that does not allow release until trial. In spite of all of the negativity surrounding the death of an innocent, hardworking, intelligent, handsome, and kind man, those of us who were close to him would like to have something positive flourish from this tragedy. The first step began with running in the U.C.P. race wearing ‘Justice for Brandon’ t-shirts.
If you would like to weigh in on this tragedy please email email@example.com who has released the shooter on bail and charged him with reckless murder, a much lesser charge than capital murder. The message need not be long — a simple — “I support a capital murder charge for Jody Moyers, killer of Brandon Hydrick” —- would suffice. Personally, I have taken it one step higher to the Attorney General of Alabama, Luther Strange. Here is his number if you would like to voice your opinion also: 334-242-7300.
This article is a reprint written by Jean Cole of the Athens News Courier. We think the title should be “Cake-Walk For Killer.” Please read then email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 256-233-6416 to ask for a capital murder charge for Brandon Hydrick’s killer Joel Moyers. The District Attorney has the ability to revoke bail and place Moyers in jail at any time. Make it happen today. ~Justice For Brandon
November 14, 2012
By Jean Colejean@athensnews-courier.com
— A preliminary hearing for a man accused in the fatal shooting of an Athens man has been waived and his case will now come before a grand jury. No date has been set.
Joel Moyers, 52, of 793 County Road 226, Cullman, was scheduled for a preliminary hearing Tuesday at the Limestone County Courthouse. His case was continued until Nov. 27, but defense attorney Dan Totten of Athens asked the court to waive the hearing.
Moyers is charged with murder and shooting into an occupied dwelling in the Sept. 29 death of 26-year-old Brandon Hydrick of Athens. He is accused of firing one round from his AK-47 assault rifle into the rear of a truck containing Hydrick and his brother, Ryan, 25, who was driving.
The grand jury will decide whether there is adequate evidence to formally charge Moyers.
Moyers was living in a mobile home owned by his mother when the shooting occurred on Fennell Road. Family members of the Hydricks say Brandon and Ryan had been roasting marshmallows and hot dogs with friends at a campsite on Piney Creek and returning to their own homes when they became lost in the Fennell Road area. Moyers spotted their truck in the early morning hours, thought it looked suspicious and tried to stop it. When the young men sped up and away from Moyers, he fired a shot into the truck, which pierced the cab, back seat and the passenger seat and struck Brandon Hydrick in the back.
Moyers told investigators at the scene he fired “a warning shot” into the air and that he did not intend to strike the truck’s occupants.
Investigators have said they do not believe Moyers fired into the air.