FAIRFIELD — A Fairfield ex-con parolee was ordered Wednesday to stand trial on charges of attempted murder and assault with a firearm for his role in a gun battle that involved two cars speeding down Clay Bank Road during the afternoon rush hour.
Demetri D. Moore, 33, was the passenger in one car being driven by his cousin, Markell Davis, another ex-con, according to testimony at a probable cause hearing. Shortly after 5 p.m. Feb. 17, another car pulled up alongside them and someone in the car started shooting at them.
Within seconds, Davis’ car crashed into a house while the other car just kept going. Both men leapt out of the car. One of them returned fire.
A woman driving past the wrecked car testified she heard one set of gunshots, saw the crash and then heard a second volley of gunshots. She described small chunks of asphalt in front of her car popping into the air as bullets struck the roadway. She went on to detail a bullet punching a hole in the hood of her car before her windshield shattered and she felt a sharp pain in one leg while feeling two bullets pass within inches of her face.
The woman, who was in the wrong place at the wrong time, suffered a gunshot wound to her knee.
By the time police arrived at the crash scene, they found Davis lying in the street, bleeding from a pair of gunshot wounds. Police testified that Davis had more than $3,000 on him and nearby they found a bottle with 11 grams of cocaine inside. Police also found a loaded gun in some nearby bushes.
Police also found a blood trail leading to a nearby backyard. A brief manhunt turned up Moore a few blocks away. He had also been shot twice.
Near the end of the probable cause hearing, Moore’s attorney argued there had been no evidence showing Moore was the gunman and that Davis could just as likely have been the shooter. The attorney also said either man could make a good claim that they had acted in self-defense.
Prosecutor Matt Olsen disagreed. He said Davis’ injuries, Moore’s fleeing the crash scene and the location where the gun was found all pointed to Moore being the shooter.
Judge Peter B. Foor agreed with Olsen and ordered Moore to return to court April 11 when he is set to be arraigned on the felony charges.
Davis faces the same charges as Moore but has not yet made an initial court appearance. Police have not found the other shooter or the other car.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call police at 428-7600, the 24-hour tip line at 428-7345 or Crime Stoppers at 644-7867. Callers may be anonymous.
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