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Supreme Court overturns conviction in produce-stand slaying

Posted February 2, 2010

— A Rocky Mount man convicted of shooting a 16-year-old during a 2006 produce stand robbery will get a new trial, the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

Joshua "Buddy" Moore, 68, was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter in October 2007 for shooting and killing Manny Harris in July 2006. Harris was struggling with Moore's wife over a cash box when Moore shot him once in the chest.

Police said Harris wasn't armed.

Moore was sentenced to more than five years in prison, but he was allowed to remain free on bond pending his appeal.

The Supreme Court ruled that jurors should have been able consider whether Moore's actions were justified because he was defending a family member.


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  • wp Feb 3, 2010

    I would've shot the guy too! Sounds like the Supreme Court did good on this one. This man shouldn't have been on trial in the first place, seeing as how he was defending his wife!

  • Tax Man Feb 3, 2010

    Eduardo1 - the kid was the thief, he was unarmed but wrestling with the defendant's wife over the cash box at their stand. This guy was defending his wife from a young felon and he should never have been charged in this. The kid was wrong, committing a robbery and physically assaulting the woman. The man is a hero, not a criminal! Drop all the charges!

  • commonsensical Feb 3, 2010

    The best thing that the prosecutor can do now would be to drop the charges. The thief will certainly not steal again, nor will he commit another violent crime against anyone. You get what you get while committing a crime.

  • Eduardo1 Feb 3, 2010

    This is the shortened version of what happened. The story should give more of the facts, because I am confused, who owned the gun, etc

  • dxedame Feb 3, 2010

    NOT GUILTY! and make the Judge pay all attorney fees and Court cost.

  • HanginTough Feb 3, 2010

    Shold have been a no brainer dont cha think? My daddy caught a man two weeks ago stealing stuff out of our pack house - looking for scrap metal - old washing machine on the back of his truck...the THIEF said "well, I heard that everybody was coming here and gettin' stuff" - one word - ENTITLEMENT! if you have it and I want it I am going to TAKE IT, RIP IF FROM YOUR ARMS, STEAL IT! And all these poor mamas are crying for their poor BABIES, how about calling them what they are...low done, sorry, THIEVES!

  • cjsfish Feb 3, 2010

    Don't the prosecutors in this case have anything better to do, based on our crime statistics they could find somewhere else to spend all this energy. I guess they're trying to say to everyone, "Don't mess with our criminals here, even when they're committing a dangerous crime or we will go after you." Maybe if they were tougher on the real criminals, this thief wouldn't have felt brazen enough to be robbing this hard working lady.

  • Carolina Feb 3, 2010

    "a 16 year old man does not need a weapon other than his hands and feet to severely injure or kill old folks."

    Exactly! Did the lower court want Moore to wait until Harris started BEATING his wife before shooting him? Or did they think a 68-year old man would have been better off wading into a fight with a teenager? Unbelievable.

  • gwilson270 Feb 3, 2010

    Moore's lawyer fees should be paid by the Judge/Jury from the first trial.

  • didisaythat Feb 3, 2010

    Glad he is being given a new trial. I hope the right verdict is given in this case. This is 100% justifiable homicide. He is protecting his wife from a robbery. The kid's actions is what killed him not the man with the gun.