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Teenager accused in fatal shooting

January 9, 2019

HUNTINGTON — A teenager accused of killing a Huntington mother and injuring a housing authority worker in a June 2018 shooting at Marcum Terrace has for the first time been identified after her case was moved to adult court via a grand jury indictment in December.

Andrea Glenda Moore has been identified as the accused killer of Joann Dawn Saunders Childers, 32, of Huntington, and shooter of Stephen Christopher Smith. Moore was charged with murder and malicious wounding by the grand jury in December.

Because of her age, Moore had originally been charged in juvenile court and her case had been sealed. The indictment means her case has been moved to adult court and assigned to Cabell Circuit Judge Gregory Howard.

She was arraigned Tuesday in Howard’s courtroom and pleaded not guilty. She is being represented by attorney Glen Conway.

Vickie Lester, executive director of Huntington Housing Authority, previously said an altercation began June 12 at a convenience store on Olive Street among a group of people, some of whom did not live at Marcum Terrace. Huntington Police Chief Hank Dial said the altercation continued into the next day and resulted in the afternoon shooting.

Moore is accused of fleeing the scene and was not arrested until June 14, two days after the shootings.

Childers, a mother of five, was a resident of the community at the time. She had suffered a gunshot wound earlier in 2018 after a home invasion, but the two incidents were not believed to be related. Isaiah Dominic Thomas Thornhill, 18, of Huntington, and Tayron Griffin are both charged in that April 14 attack, in which Childers was shot in the buttocks.

Smith was an employee of the Huntington Housing Authority who had been mowing grass at the time he was shot and is not believed to have been involved in the altercation.

Moore will have a preliminary hearing at 9 a.m. Feb. 13. She is being held at the Tiger Morton Juvenile Center in Dunbar, West Virginia.

The last time the Cabell County Prosecutor’s Office charged a juvenile as an adult with a murder charge was in the 2010 slaying of Mark Lowry. Prior to that, then-14-year-old DeAaron Fields was tried as an adult in the murder of Karen Stultz, 39, in 2004.

Staff writer Travis Crum contributed to this report.

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