Winnsboro police have apprehended two men in the fatal drive-by shooting of a Winnsboro woman on Saturday. Both of the men were charged with the murder of Anna Marie Moore, 24, who died Tuesday morning as a result of being hit by one of two bullets the pair allegedly fired into her house.
Brothers Damarcas Hearn, 21, and Ty Evans, 18, list Longview as their home, but they were originally from Winnsboro and still have ties to the town, authorities say. They were arrested around 8 p.m. Tuesday and remained in Wood County Jail Wednesday morning on the murder charge, according to Winnsboro Police Lt. Andy Chester, who along with Capt. Rod Hashaway are leading the investigation into the drive-by shooting of Moore just before 8 p.m. Saturday at her Winnsboro home.
Moore was said to be at home between 7:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday with her two children and three other adults Saturday when two shots fired from a vehicle on the roadway entered her house; one bullet struck her. She was taken to East Texas Medical Center in Tyler for treatment, but died at 9:24 a.m. Tuesday, according to Chester.
Winnsboro police investigators began considering Hearn and Evans “persons of interest” earlier this week after learning of disputes between the Longview men and the victim’s husband and his brothers.
The pair was interviewed, warrants were issued and they were arrested Tuesday night, according to Chester.
“This could possibly be retaliation due to past bad blood with Mrs. Moore’s husband and his brothers,” Chester said.
If the death occurred due to an act of retaliation, it could lead to capital murder charges. A part of Section 19.03 of the Texas Penal Code states that if a homicide occurs “in the course of committing or attempting to commit” retaliation, it can be prosecuted as capital murder, which is punishable by death.
But Chester said the case is not being handled as capital murder.
“This is not being looked at as a capital offense,” he said. “We don’t know for a fact that it is retaliation, just some rumors said by the husband and brother that lead us to believe that.”
Chester added that police are still investigating if any other people were involved in the alleged offense.
“We are still looking at there being possibly a third person involved who was in the vehicle,” Chester said. “So far, this is still under investigation.”
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