He's charged in connection with a shooting in May, 2005.
The trial of Charles Moore Jr of Howard County wrapped up Thursday afternoon with closing arguments.
Moore is charged with two counts each of attempted 1st-degree murder, 1st-degree assault, as well as handgun offenses for a shooting in May, 2005 at the Country Hill Apartments in Frederick. In that incident, Frederick Police Sergeant Wayne Trapp, who was in the area doing drug surveillance with other undercover officers, was not hit, but he said a bullet whizzed by him. The shooting did injure Rommell Allen of Virginia, who was medivaced to Shock Trauma.
In the courtroom on Thursday, State's Attorney Charlie Smith says Moore took the stand in his own defense, and denied he was the shooter. "He said it was someone else who was shooting the gun," he says. "We presented out testimony that refuted that. Wayne Trapp's testimony as well as two or three other people besides Officer Trapp, saw him shoot the gun."
The two sides presented closing arguments, and the case was turned over the jury by 3:00 PM, according to Smith.
He also says the panel ordered dinner around 7:30, and continued its work into the evening. As of 9:45 PM on Thursday, no verdict has been returned.
Moore was on trial previously for the same incident. He was found guilty of attempted 1st-degree murder and other offenses, and sentenced in January, 2006 to life plus 20-years in prison. That conviction was overturned by the Court of Appeals on a technicality.
Moore was tried again in 2011, but a jury could not reach a verdict.
Smith says the state is confident that it has presented a strong case against Moore.