December 2, 2020

Bond Denied for Murder Suspect

(Franklin, GA) — A judge has denied bond for Dimitri Merci Jackson, 29, the suspect arrested on September 29 and charged with the murder of 38-year-old Antonio “Tony” Moore in Heard County.

Superior Court Judge Allen Keeble presided over the bond hearing Monday morning at the Heard County Courthouse and ultimately denied bond based on the defendant’s lack of ties to the community, and based on the violent nature of the crime.

Murder victim Antonio "Tony" Moore, left, and suspect Dimitri Merci Jackson

Murder victim Antonio “Tony” Moore, left, and suspect Dimitri Merci Jackson

Jackson is alleged to have shot Moore 11 times.

Moore, a retired Navy veteran, was reported missing by his family to Huntsville, AL authorities on Saturday, September 12, 2015.

The victim’s family stated they had not seen Moore since September 1.

The GBI’s Columbus Regional Office was requested by the Heard County Sheriff’s Office to assist in the investigation of a partially decomposed body located in a wooded area near US Highway 27 and Edwards Road on Wednesday, September 23, 2015.

The body was found by hunters in the area who reported the discovery to the Heard County Sheriff’s Office.

The GBI Medical Examiner’s office used medical records to identify Moore’s body on Wednesday, September 30, and results of an autopsy revealed he died from a gunshot wound.

In a statement earlier this month, University of Alabama Huntsville spokesman Ray Garner revealed that Moore and Jackson were both full time students in the electrical engineering program at UAH.

Moore transferred to UAH in Fall 2012, while Jackson transferred in Spring 2013.

Both the suspect and victim had relatives in the Atlanta area. Jackson had been renting an apartment in the city of Franklin for just a few weeks prior to his arrest.

Jackson is also reported to have last been employed by Kia before being terminated.

Heard County assistant District Attorney Sarah Japour told the court on Monday that Jackson was found to be in possession of Moore’s driver’s license and birth certificate and that he had allegedly stolen money from the victim’s bank account.

The slaying left those who knew Moore stunned. Fellow UAH student Ross Sargent said the tragedy made no sense.

“Tony was a great guy,” Sargent told AL.com. “A noble veteran that wanted to better himself after serving his country. We had classes together, and he helped me out a lot.”

Judge Keeble said he would entertain a subsequent motion for bond if the circumstances changed or the state did not indict the defendant within 90 days.

A Heard County grand jury is scheduled to hear evidence in the case on December 9, 2015.

 

 

 

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