Charles Moore is charged in connection with a 2005 shooting.
The trial of Charles Moore, Jr. will resume Thursday morning at 9:30 in Frederick County Circuit Court. Moore from Howard County is charged with two counts each of attempted 1st-degree murder and 1st-degree assault. He's also charged with two handgun offenses.
Moore was arrested in May, 2005 at the Country Hills Apartments in Frederick for a shooting incident, where shots were fired at a police officer. Bullets also struck Rommell Allen of Virginia, who was transported to University of Maryland Shock Trauma in Baltimore with serious injuries.
On Wednesday, the state presented its final witnesses. One was a forensics expert, and the other was a gunshot residue expert. State's Attorney Charlie Smith says the forensics expert had fired the gun recovered from the crime scene, and determined that the bullet in the weapon matched ones remove from Allen by physicians. The gunshot residue expert examined some "stamps" that were placed on Moore's hands after the incident, and stated that they show gunshot residue, which proves that Moore had fired a gun that evening, says Smith.
"Obviously, we have to prove our case beyond a reasonable doubt," he says. "We feel strongly that we will. But that's up to 12 jurors who have to decide that independently and unanimously."
Smith says the state rested its case on Wednesday, and the defense called two of its witnesses. They included an investigator and a rebuttal gunshot residue expert, he says. The defense has argued that it was a case of mistaken identity and Moore is not guilty.
Smith says the defense didn't rest, and could call some additional witnesses on Thursday, including Moore himself. Moore can refuse to take the stand, and the jury cannot hold that against him.
Smith hopes both sides can give their closing arguments on Thursday, and send the case off to the jury.
Moore had been tried and convicted in 2006, and sentenced to life plus 20 years in prison. But the Maryland Court of Appeals overturned that conviction in 2008 based on a technicality.
He was once again tried in 2011, but the trial ended with a hung jury. Panel members could not come up with a unanimous verdict.
Smith was asked how strong the case is this time. "We really don't comment on the strength of the evidence," he responded. "But we don't bring cases forward unless it's beyond a reasonable doubt."