On February 17, defense attorney Kurt Rudkin argued that Shelby Moore was not advised of his rights when he gave a statement to Texas Ranger Wayne Matthews on June 10 of last year implicating himself in conjunction with the murder of his cousin, Trey Noah.
Rudkin requested the motion to suppress the statements, both oral and written made by Moore, citing that Moore was not read his rights until after he put his oral statement in writing.
Matthews denied considering Moore a suspect, stating that he was merely a ‘person of interest’ until after parts of his confession were corroborated.
He asserted that during the interview, Moore was free to leave at any time, but, upon cross examination, admitted to taking Moore’s cell phone, not allowing him to go to his truck, and having an officer escort him to and from the bathroom.
Moore told authorities that Brandon Harber, also accused, and Trey Noah, victim, got into an argument at Moore’s house in Kendall County and that Harber shot Noah in the back, according to arrest warrant affidavits.
Bernard Campion, attorney for Brandon Harber disputes Moore’s account, stating that Harber is completely innocent.
Assistant District Attorney Steve Wadsworth opposes the suppression of the statements as evidence.
State District Court Judge Keith Williams delayed ruling until March 10, when a hearing is scheduled to hear testimony from a second officer, Investigator Pehl, who also questioned Moore.
Moore is currently under the custody of Gillespie County but is being held in the Bandera County Jail.