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Fort Bragg soldier accused of murder in Army specialist's death

Posted August 1, 2014

Adacia Bruton

— Fayetteville police arrested a Fort Bragg soldier on a first-degree murder charge in the death of another soldier who was shot and killed Wednesday morning, authorities said Friday.

Spc. Justin Moore, 20, also a Fort Bragg soldier, was killed in the parking lot of his home at Lake in the Pines Apartments on Tamarack Drive around 11:45 a.m.

Spc. Adacia Bruton, 20, of 910 Hillsboro St., Pittsboro, who authorities said was an acquaintance, was charged in the case Friday and was held without bond at the Cumberland County Detention Center.

Police have not offered a motive for the shooting.

"The death of any of our soldiers, under any circumstances, is a tragedy," Fort Bragg's XVIII Airborne Corps said in a statement, adding that the post is cooperating with investigators in the case.

Moore had served since 2011 as a water treatment specialist with the 189th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 82nd Sustainment Brigade.

Bruton's assignment at Fort Bragg wasn't immediately clear Friday.

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  • disgusted2010 Aug 1, 2014

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    You are absolutely wrong. I never implied she was guilty or not guilty. I merely pointed out that just because someone "knows" a person does not make the person innocent AND was pointing out that the scenario put forward based on wild speculation about something which the poster obviously knew nothing about was easily refutable.

    I make no argument other than the initial poster's argument was flawed.

  • ange Aug 1, 2014

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    Also, I am not condemning you. I am providing an alternative to what could have happened. I also stated that I also could be wrong because I am also not an expert. The difference between my statement and yours was that you are insisting that she is guilty for (by the assumption she was ever there) leaving the crime scene and directly linking that to meaning she was guilty. You are only providing one scenario, and only one in which condemns her. I agreed that it was a possibility, but that such an action is not always because of guilt or direct involvement with the crime, and therefore does not directly relate to her being an instigator or an accomplice in the crime.
    I don't defend her simply for knowing her, but because I am also seeing major flaws in the accusations and these comments.
    Again, I am not condemning you for anything. I am simply pointing out a flaw in your argument.

  • ange Aug 1, 2014

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    I stated that I did not know her as well, and I am merely, pointing out the fact that there is little evidence. It is more of a problem to condemn someone for little evidence than not, and a number, including yourself, are doing just that. And while it may seem unfair because I "know" her, it is a better reference than people who don't. If she is proven and convicted then, yes, all of us who did know her will have to face that. However, knowing the way a person thinks and the actions they are likely to take is still a clue regarding holes within an accusation. It may not necessarily prove that they are not guilty, but it does provide insight.
    Your right, it has the potential to be a bias. However, it depends on how that information is used. I simply presented my knowing of her as a fact that I do know a little bit about her personal life that, to some degree, doesn't quite add up to the fact that she's been arrested for murder.

  • disgusted2010 Aug 1, 2014

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    Pot, meet kettle. You condemn me for my lack of knowledge in the matter and they you go on to wildly speculate about something that you don't know in an effort to defend someone you "know."

  • bonikas Aug 1, 2014

    Well said ANGE well said, my exact thoughts. People are so judgmental, with or without the full story. Sad world we live in.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Aug 1, 2014

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    Not always!!!

    Fear and sometimes there's even shock involved, that will lead a person to do what others deem "unexpected" of them.

  • ange Aug 1, 2014

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    What, are you an expert on these situations?
    I may not be, but there is enough common sense to know that that's not always the case. She could've gotten scared about how the situation could have been taken the wrong way. She could have seen something, and in response to being threatened, felt it best to leave the scene discreetly. You cannot condemn her without any concrete information regarding the situation, which this article has not provided.

  • ange Aug 1, 2014

    In addition to this, in a separate article regarding the shooting of the victim, the only eyewitness information that the article presented was that a man was seen fleeing the scene.
    A lot of you are jumping right to the assumption that because she was arrested that she is proven guilty without actually knowing the details of the case or whether or not they have definite evidence the proves that she did it.
    Some of you have commented that she was angry and wielding a gun, but do you even know her? Do you even have a clue regarding how she dealt with difficult situations or people?
    You cannot start acting like she is an evil, murderous person just because an arrest was made. That proves nothing except that she was a suspect, and those inferences can be made by as little evidence as is now being presented.
    REMEMBER, innocent until proven guilty.

  • ange Aug 1, 2014

    I knew this individual growing up. I got to know her a little bit during middle school, and although I didn't get to know her personally beyond that, I still paid some attention to what she was up to via social media, especially because I am currently invested in a career in the army. Again, while I never really knew her personally, from what little information I have gleaned over the years, this seems kind of unlikely of her. This is most definitely a hard pill to swallow.
    In addition to this, may I point out how suggestive this article is. In know way is it in any way presenting any evidence linking her directly to the crime. The only relationship she is said to have with the victim is that they were acquaintances and both are Army personnel. It gives the impression that she is the shooter, but it does not clearly state this as it also does not state that she was even at the scene of the crime.

  • disgusted2010 Aug 1, 2014

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    People who kill in self defense remain at the scene for the police or call the police themselves. They do not run. I will never understand why some people believe because they "know" someone it makes it OK.

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