Jury finds man guilty of misdemeanor assault in Powhatan head stabbing
POWHATAN, VA (WWBT) - A man was found guilty of misdemeanor assault and battery in the case of a victim who was stabbed in the head more than two years ago.
A jury heard the case Tuesday and came back with the guilty verdict against Jacob Moore just after 5 p.m.
Norris Goode Jr. was injured in the April 2016 incident. Moore's older brother, Jesse Ray Moore, was found not guilty last year. The judge in Jesse Moore's case last year said he couldn't decide who stabbed Goode.
"[This was] an awesome display of justice," explained Norris Goode Jr. "I had lost hope and became un-confident by prior litigation experiences, but this day right here, this is an amazing day, an amazing feeling."
The verdict Tuesday was not for the stabbing itself. Moore was found guilty for his role in the incident that led to the stabbing.
Goode and his family rejoiced outside of the Powhatan Courthouse Tuesday. He said he was overjoyed by the verdict, thanking the Commonwealth, the jury and the community for supporting him throughout the last two years.
"You guys would not begin to understand how life has been since April 16 of 2016," Norris Goode Sr said. "Today I was sitting in the car like, 'man, I don't know how this is going to play out,' but justice was served."
Goode's mother, Rebecca Parker says their family was thankful for the opportunity to receive justice, and consider Tuesday's guilty verdict for Jacob Moore a win for their family and community.
"It's been a long time coming, it's been long overdue," Parker said. "Even though it might not be to the magnitude we think it should be, we take a W (win)."
Moore was found guilty for his role in the incident that led to the stabbing.
In court Tuesday, Goode, Moore and Goode's friend recalled the day of the incident.
Norris Goode testified to fishing in the pond on Hugenot Springs Road with his friend, explaining it was a spot he had been given verbal permission years prior, to access. In court he explained that as a young teen the original property owner had told him he could fish there, and Goode had continued to come back.
According to court records, the Moore brothers thought the men were trespassing. Jacob Moore was living in a rental on the property with his mother.
In April 2016, Goode said he had permission to fish on this pond with a friend on Huguenot Springs Road. According to court records, the Moore brothers thought the men were trespassing. Jacob Moore was living in a rental on the property.
There is a disagreement between Goode and the brothers as to who started the fight, but police say there was a fight involving all three men.
On the day of the incident, Goode says he caught no fish, and as they were leaving the property, he noticed Moore and his brother Jesse, flagging them. Goode says Moore asked him who "gave him permission" to fish in the pond. Moore testified to stocking the pond with fish from time to time, and says he had seen people taking fish from the pond in the past. Moore told the court his girlfriend bought it to his attention, that someone was at the pond, so Moore asked his brother to come with him to see who was at the pond.
Goode told the court his response to Moore's question of who "gave him permission," was "brother, I'm going to fish in this pond whether you like it or not."
Moore and Goode both testified to their conversation starting somewhat normally, but escalated into a fight. Goode says he was pushed against his friends car by Moore, and that both brother put their hands on him. Moore told the court that he pushed Goode in self-defense because he saw him grab for his shirt.
Both men testified that they ended up on the ground wrestling for several seconds. Goode says at one point he got weak, and felt like the fight turned into a fight "for his life."
"I was stabbed right here in my temple, right along my eye socket," Goode said last year.
Moore says he did not have a knife on that day, and Goode testified to never seeing Jacob Moore with a knife.
Goode was stabbed in the arm and the head, and taken to the hospital where he had to undergo emergency surgery. Goode's mother was emotional and could be seen and heard crying in the court room, as photos of his injuries were shown.
He also said he deals with post traumatic stress disorder. An X-ray shows the blade inside his skull; the handle was never found.
A jury of 7, has recommended Jacob Moore pay a $2500 and face no jail time. Moore did not want to comment after the verdict and sentence recommendation, but his attorney John Rockecharlie, says his Moore is ready to put the situation behind him.
"We're happy with the outcome, he's free but were disappointed, we thought all along that Jacob's actions were lawful and reasonable but the jury disagreed with us so we'll live with the jury's verdict," said Rockecharlie.
In court it was discussed that Goode has filed a multi-million dollar civil suit against the Moore brothers, and the original owner of the property on Huguenot Springs Road.
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