Man pleads guity to April 2001 murder
by Chris Norwood
TALLADEGA COUNTY — A Talladega County man has pleaded guilty to a murder committed almost 12 years ago.

According to Assistant District Attorney Christina Kilgore, Travares A. Moore, 34, entered his plea Tuesday before Circuit Court Judge Bo Hollingsworth. He will be sentenced to 20 to 99 years or life in prison by Hollingsworth March 20.

Moore was accused of shooting James Twymon, 36, in the head with a pistol during a robbery at the home of Cedrick Stamps on Onion Bottom Lane, just outside of Childersburg on Friday, April 13, 2001. The 911 call came in between 2 and 2:30 p.m. that day.

The initial investigation into Twymon’s murder eventually went cold, but new evidence surfaced during the summer of 2008 that eventually led to Moore’s arrest on capital murder charges.

Although the initial charge would have carried a penalty of death by lethal injection or life in prison without possibility of parole, Moore pleaded guilty to the lesser offense.

Later this month, Kilgore said, jury selection is expected to begin for the trial of Jermaine Donquintez Hall, 24, who is charged with four counts each of assault in the first degree and assault in the second degree.

Hall is accused of shooting three 17-year-old males and one 18-year-old male in the Sadie Lee Homes Public Housing Project in Childersburg on June 14, 2012. He allegedly shot the victims with either an SKS or an AK 47.

Hall also has a pending charge of shooting into an occupied vehicle at the McDonald’s in Childersburg around the same time.

Assault in the first degree with a firearm carries a penalty of 10 to 20 years in prison. Assault in the second degree with a firearm carries a penalty of 10 years in prison.

The case will be tried in Circuit Judge Julian King’s courtroom.

Also in court this week:

• Hollingsworth accepted a guilty plea from Danny Hamilton, 34, to obstruction of justice.

• Hollingsworth accepted a guilty plea from Edward Louis Bounds Jr., 20, to possession of a forged instrument in the second degree.

• King accepted a guilty plea from Fredrick Ladonte McGregor, 30, to possession of a forged instrument in the second degree. A second count of the same charge was dismissed.

• King accepted a guilty plea from Todd Cunningham, 31, to distribution of a controlled substance.

• Hollingsworth accepted a plea on information from Joey Horton to escape in the third degree. A plea on information is when a defendant pleads guilty before being indicted by a grand jury.

• Hollingsworth accepted a guilty plea on information from Garnett Paul Raymond Jr. to manufacture of a controlled substance in the first degree.

• King accepted a guilty plea on information from Michael Edward Harry, 29, to two counts of manufacture of a controlled substance in the second degree.

• King accepted a guilty plea on information from Cindy Shierling, 28, to escape in the third degree.

• King accepted a guilty plea on information from Jared Lee Smith, 28, to distribution of a controlled substance.

• King accepted a guilty plea on information from Terry Lloyd Pate, 32, to two counts each of manufacture of a controlled substance in the second degree and possession of a controlled substance.

• Justin Brown failed to appear before King for arraignment on a count of burglary in the third degree.

• Hollingsworth announced Robert Charles Dyal Jr., 25, ready for trial for burglary in the third degree. Dyal fled the judicial building after going to the wrong courtroom, with deputies giving chase. Although he was not captured, Kilgore said, Hollingsworth did revoke his bond. He has additional misdemeanor charges pending.

Contact Chris Norwood at cnorwood@dailyhome.com.

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