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December 31, 2013

Murder trials will be a staple in 2014


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.

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