The accused triggerman in what investigators called the gang-related shooting death of Chester Councilman Odell Williams has been indicted for murder by a grand jury, according to court officials.
Christopher Moore, 19, is one of five alleged gang members charged in connection with the Nov. 4 killing of Williams, 69. Moore has been in jail since he was arrested a week after Williams was shot. He is scheduled for a bond hearing June 11.
Police found Moore’s DNA at the shooting scene, prosecutors have said, and witnesses saw Moore there holding a gun.
Moore’s lawyer has claimed that the shooting was self-defense and that Williams shot at Moore and the others first after he chased them through the streets of Chester.
In earlier court hearings, prosecutors alleged that Moore was with other Roundtree Circle gang members when the group had a confrontation with Williams. They said Williams began looking for the group after someone called him to report a potential problem with a group of men near his business and home.
During the car chase, prosecutors have alleged, Moore jumped out of the vehicle the defendants were in and lay in wait for Williams before shooting him in the head with an assault rifle. Williams’ car crashed into a nearby house after he was shot, and police recovered at least 17 shell casings.
Lawyers for the five accused gang members say that a statement to police by one of the accused alleges that Williams shot first at the men in the car.
Williams himself was under indictment at the time of his death for allegedly threatening the Chester police chief.
In a March hearing, a magistrate ruled that cases against Moore and the others could proceed. Moore’s lawyer, Sixth Circuit Assistant Public Defender William Frick, argued then that Moore’s shooting Williams should be considered self-defense.
Moore is the only one of the five charged with murder. He also was indicted on a charge of possession of a weapon, court officials said.
Of the four alleged gang members charged with accessory before or after the fact of murder:
▪ Quinton McClinton, 26, is in state prison after pleading guilty to drug charges earlier this year.
▪ Derrick Dixon, 20, who was free on bond, was shot in the leg last week at a home in Chester. Police have not charged anyone in that shooting.
▪ Terrance Buchanan, 25, who allegedly gave police the statements about the Williams crime, is free on bond pending trial.
▪ DeAngelo Roseboro, 20, had been free on bond, but a judge revoked his bond in March after ruling that he went to a Waffle House in violation of a court-imposed curfew.
Prosecutors have not yet presented their cases to a grand jury.