Thursday, April 3, 2014
Hastings seeks dismissal of manslaughter charges
By David Koon
on Thu, Apr 3, 2014 at 10:34 AM
has asked Judge Wendell Griffen to throw out charges against him
to spare Hastings another trial on a charge of manslaughter.
Hastings has already been tried twice in the death of Bobby Moore, Jr, who Hastings shot during an early-morning burglary call at a West Little Rock apartment complex. Both of Hastings' earlier trials — the first in June 2013 and the second in September 2013 — ended in hung juries. A retrial is scheduled for next month.
Hastings told investigators that Moore, driving a stolen Honda Civic with two friends inside, came at him at a high rate of speed as Moore tried to flee a parking lot. Hastings told detectives he was able to jump clear as the car went past him and up a rocky embankment, but had no choice but to fire, killing Moore behind the wheel. Prosecutors say the evidence doesn't support Hastings' claims
about that night, and call his actions reckless.
Former Little Rock Police Officer