After nine days in jail, the teen who says he's been wrongly accused of shooting a Hanover girl in the head, is speaking out. Marcus Moore, 19, was released from jail Tuesday evening, on a $20,000 bond. Moore's loved-ones have been tirelessly fundraising to help pay for his release.
Moore fears that his life may crumble if he's convicted of an act he says he didn't do. However, Moore says he's holding on to hope that the real shooter will be revealed, for his sake, and the victim's.
Moore stood on his porch Tuesday night, surrounded by his five brothers and sisters. He says he's depending on his family, and a higher power, to help him navigate through an uncertain future.
"I put it in God's hands. I'm stressing over it, but at the end of the day, I know the lord is going to look out," said Moore.
Moore faces two felony charges, including malicious wounding, after a 17-year-old girl was shot outside a house party in Henrico's west end earlier this month. The electronic monitoring device on his leg is a constant reminder of the turmoil ahead, that could cripple his life.
"I've just been scared. I don't want to be accused and convicted of something I didn't do, because that would ruin my whole life and all the dreams that I have," said Moore.
Moore is the first of his siblings to attend college. He's currently enrolled at J Sargeant Reynolds Community College, and hopes to transfer to a university to play basketball. However, Moore says his vision turned blank last Monday, after he learned of a warrant for his arrest. He came forward to Henrico police, even though he says he has no idea who pulled the trigger.
"I know I had nothing to hide. I know I didn't do nothing. So, I turned myself in… basically knowing that whenever the time comes, whenever I go to court for all this…the world will know that I didn't do it," said Moore.
Moore declined to discuss the details of that night. However, around 1 a.m. on September 2nd, one of Marcus's friends says the two were getting in their own car when they too heard gunshots ring out.
Moore says he's been asking God for justice, for himself, and for the victim and her family, whom he doesn't know.
"I've been praying every night, hoping that the Lord will make sure everything is good with them (the victim's family), and make sure He sticks by my side for the case… and hope they find the real shooter, because she (the victim) deserves that much," he said.
Moore says he can leave his home for school or work, but he must check in with authorities. His next court hearing is set for December 21st.
NBC12 has not heard from the victim's family, although she's reportedly out of the hospital and recovering.
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