Court case, fundraising continues one year later


Kurt Montgomery | The Chart

Derek Moore assists the Lions during a practice game in September 2013.

Nearly a year has passed since the shooting death of assistant offensive line coach Derek Moore, who was gunned down as he left the Hollywood Northstar 14 movie theater late in the evening Nov. 1, 2013.

Since that time, the Missouri Southern community has done its best to move on while remaining supportive of those most affected by the incident. As the anniversary of his death approaches, however, it is natural to reflect on what has happened in past year.

The Case

Charged with murder in the first degree and armed criminal action, Jeffrey L Bruner, the alleged gunman behind Moore’s murder, was arrested at the scene within minutes of the shooting. With his plea of not guilty, pre-trial motions began Feb. 10 with Judge Gayle L. Crane presiding. Bruner is represented by Charles R. Rhoades of Rhoades Law Office, with Kimberly Fisher representing the prosecution.

After being approved for a code bond, which required him to comply with specific court ordered conditions upon release, Bruner posted his bond in full May 12 and was released from the Jasper County Jail into the custody of his parents in Greene County.

He currently finds himself still in the pre-trial motions stage of the ongoing court proceedings. The first jury trial is scheduled for Jan. 20, 2015.

The Elijah Moore Trust Fund

Following Moore’s death, a scholarship fund was created for his then seven year old son Elijah. According to JoAnn Graffam at the time of its inception, the money donated to the fund will travel with Elijah to whatever college institution he decides to attend when he gets older. In addition to this, he would receive a University scholarship if he decided to attend Missouri Southern.

To date, the fund has raised approximately $15,000.

According to Daye, Elijah, who now lives in Iowa, is doing well.