The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

December 31, 2013

Murder trials will be a staple in 2014

By Jean Cole

Editor's note: This is the second in a three-part series of stories about notable criminal court cases cleared or dismissed in 2013 and those coming up in 2014 or beyond.

Limestone County District Attorney Brian Jones has three murder cases and four reckless murder cases to try in 2014.  All are cases that occurred after he took office in January 2011. 

Jones said he expects to try Jamie Pigg, Joel Moyers and Kenny Adams for murder next year. He is unsure which of the four pending vehicular homicide cases will be disposed of in 2014.  Here is a synopsis of some of those cases, with the rest to follow Wednesday:

James Pigg — murder

A grandson accused of bludgeoning to death his grandmother in 2012 will be tried sometime in 2014, Jones said.

James Paul “Jamie” Pigg, 35, of 18796 Lydia Corey Road, is charged with murder in the death of 68-year-old Barbara Delaney. The murder occurred March 27 at the home they shared on Lydia Corey.

An autopsy showed Delaney died of blunt-force trauma to the head. Authorities believe Pigg, who was reportedly angry about being evicted, allegedly struck her in the head multiple times with a hammer and then shot her.

A man who was mowing the yard at a neighbor’s home heard Delaney pleading for help in her backyard and came to help. Pigg told the neighbor he had the matter under control, but the neighbor left to summon help.

Authorities believe Pigg shot his grandmother and fled in her vehicle to Decatur, where he was apprehended. While in jail following his initial arrest, Pigg allegedly told a cellmate where he had hidden the hammer. On Oct. 31, authorities searched a shallow body of water off Alabama 67 in Morgan County and recovered a hammer, which they had forensically tested.

Pigg remains in the Limestone County Jail with bail set at $50,000.

The trial was scheduled more than once in 2013, but postponed.

Joel Moyers — capital murder

Joel Moyers, 53, of Cullman, is accused of fatally shooting Brandon Hydrick, 26, of Athens, as he rode in his brother Ryan’s truck in the early morning hours of Sept. 29, 2012. The brothers had been at a bonfire and marshmallow roast in southern Limestone County and were heading home when they became lost and had stopped in the area of Fennell Road.

Moyers, who was staying in a mobile home on Fennell Road owned by his mother, told officers the Hydricks’ vehicle looked suspicious, so he got his rifle and went to investigate. Moyers tried to flag down the truck to get it to stop.

Ryan, who was 25 at the time, did not stop because he did not know Moyers and because Moyers had a gun.

Moyers told authorities that when the driver failed to stop and continued on, he fired “a warning shot” into the air. The bullet went through the truck’s tailgate and cab, striking Brandon in the back. He died at the scene.

Authorities did not believe Moyers’ version of events based on the holes in the truck. Initially charged with murder, his charge was upgraded to capital murder because in the commission, he shot into an occupied vehicle.

Moyers is free on a $275,000 bond.

Kenny Adams — murder

The trial of an Athens man accused of murdering his cousin over a set of borrowed action movies will be tried in 2014.

Kenny Dewayne Adams, 36, of 14916 Chris Way, Lot 6, is accused of fatally stabbing Yancey Metz Foster, 34, during a 2013 New Year’s Eve day argument over the movies “The Fast and the Furious” and “2 Fast 2 Furious.” Adams was formally charged with murder and arrested in May. He is free on $50,000 bail.

Adams is accused of stabbing Foster in the chest with a pocketknife at Foster’s mobile home at 14580 Chris Way, Lot 6, west of Athens.

Jones said at the time of the murder Adams was intent on retrieving two DVDs he loaned to his cousin. He went to Foster’s home to get the movies when the fight ensued, authorities said.

Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely said Adams told investigators Foster struck and grabbed him, so he stabbed him.

The district attorney said that at some point Foster got Adams in a headlock, so Adams reached into his own pocket, retrieved a pocketknife and stabbed Foster, striking him once in the left chest. Adams then fled the scene, heading toward his trailer across the road. Foster telephoned 911 at 2:36 p.m. to report he had been stabbed but died in an ambulance at the scene. Adams turned himself in.

Adams is free on a $50,000 bond.

Timothy Hall – reckless murder

A Hartselle man accused of causing a wreck that killed a man from Toney will be tried in 2014.

Timothy Alan Hall, 30, of 1833 Woodmont St., is charged with reckless murder, driving under the influence and driving the wrong way in connection with the Aug. 19, 2012, death of 48-year-old Mark Henry Holt, records show. Authorities said at the time of the 4:30 a.m. wreck on Huntsville-Browns Ferry Road, Hall's 2011 Volkswagen Jetta struck Holt’s motorcycle. Holt was pronounced dead at the scene.

Huntsville Police spokesman Harry Hobbs said Hall was eastbound on Huntsville-Browns Ferry near Gray Road when he crossed the centerline and struck Holt’s westbound motorcycle. Hall was charged with murder due to the possible influence of alcohol and other controlled substances, Hobbs said.

Hall is free on a $26,500 bond.