FAIRFIELD — A Suisun City man will face a murder charge for allegedly killing of a 41-year-old woman in October.
Ryan J. Moore, 32, is accused of killing his friend, 41-year-old Bettina Brown, on the night of Oct. 23, 2012, at a home on Stellar Way in Suisun City. Monday marked the second day of the preliminary hearing in the case.
Moore was ordered back to court Feb. 26 for a formal arraignment. Judge Wendy Getty also dismissed a motion for bail by Moore’s defense attorney.
Both Moore and 21-year-old Timothy W. Wallace Jr. were taken into custody initially, but police determined that Wallace was a witness.
Officer Walter Walker of the Suisun City Police Department testified that Moore admitted to killing Brown while he was in a holding cell, saying, “I killed her. He (Wallace) ain’t got nothing to do with it.”
Walker testified that Moore admitted to the killing again while being transported to the county jail – saying that the killing was an accident and insisting that he tried to revive Brown after the shooting.
Moore’s attorney claimed neither of Moore’s statements should be admitted as evidence, since they were given prior to Moore receiving his Miranda rights against self-incrimination. Getty allowed the testimony, but said the issue could be revisited at a later time.
Earlier, a criminalist from the state Department of Justice testified that both Moore and Wallace had gunshot residue on their hands, but that Moore had more.
Wallace testified Monday that he left the scene of the shooting in fear of being shot and later called police before returning to the scene.
Reach Danny Bernardini at 427-6935 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/dbernardinidr. Brad Stanhope contributed to this report.