Huntington juvenile murder case moves forward

February 15, 2019
Andrea Glenda Moore, 17, appears in Cabell Circuit Judge Gregory Howard's courtroom Wednesday.

HUNTINGTON — A murder case alleging a teenager killed a Huntington mother last year at Marcum Terrace is moving forward after the girl’s case was moved to adult status last month in Cabell Circuit Court.

Andrea Glenda Moore, 17, was charged with murder in the June 13, 2018, shooting death of Joann Dawn Saunders Childers, 32, of Huntington. She is also charged with malicious wounding in the alleged shooting of Stephen Christopher Smith.

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 had originally been charged as a juvenile in the case, but her case was moved to adult status when a grand jury returned an indictment against her last month.

Assistant prosecutor Joe Fincham said Wednesday he had turned over evidence in the case to both Moore’s attorney, Glen Conway, and David Dwayne Moore’s attorney Jason Goad. David Moore, 42, is charged with being an accessory in the case. Conway requested additional evidence, while Goad said he had not received any of the documents as of Wednesday’s meeting.

A plea offer has been extended to Andrea Moore, Conway said, but he had not had a chance to speak with his client about the offer, or the evidence received.

Conway also requested his client be able to talk to her mother and others over the phone since her phone contact has been restricted where she is housed at the Tiger Morton Juvenile Center in Dunbar, West Virginia. He added Moore, whose 18th birthday is soon, will not be at the juvenile facility for much longer.

The sides will return to the courtroom March 13.

Vickie Lester, executive director of Huntington Housing Authority, previously said an altercation began June 12, 2018, 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.