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Man accused in murder of MSSU assistant coach is no longer behind bars; free on bond with conditions

Interim President Alan Marble speaks about Derek Moore. (Photo courtesy of MSSU) Interim President Alan Marble speaks about Derek Moore. (Photo courtesy of MSSU)
Head Coach Daryl Daye speaks about Derek Moore. (Photo courtesy of MSSU) Head Coach Daryl Daye speaks about Derek Moore. (Photo courtesy of MSSU)
Coach Derek Moore Coach Derek Moore
Jeffery Bruner Jeffery Bruner
Photo of scene and suspect courtesy of Heather Howard Photo of scene and suspect courtesy of Heather Howard
Updated May 5, 2014:  The man charged with shooting and killing a Missouri Southern Assistant Football coach is no longer behind bars.  Jeffrey Bruner is now free on bond, with conditions.

Bruner is charged in the November 1, 2013 shooting death of Derek Moore.

Bruner is now free on bond with the following conditions:
He is placed on electronic monitoring
He is to live with his parents in Green County, Missouri
He is not to enter the MSSU campus
He is not to be in Jasper County without the court's approval, absent a court date
He is to have no contact with his ex-wife or her family
He is not to leave Green County except for court appearances or to meet with his attorney.
He must be accompanied by his parents during all travel.

Pre-trial motions have been scheduled for August 4.

Updated April 19, 2014:  The man charged with shooting and killing a Missouri Southern Assistant Football coach will be tried locally.The trial of forty-year old Jeffrey Bruner for murder will stay in Jasper County. Judge Gayle Crane is denying a change of venue request Bruner who faces first degree murder and armed criminal action charges.

She also denied lowering his one million dollar bond. Bruner is alleged to have shot and killed 37 year old Derek Moore, an MSSU football coach, outside the Regal North Star 14 movie complex November 1, 2013.

Moore was there on a date with Bruner's estranged wife. Bruner's lawyer claimed pretrial publicity as he requested a change of venue from Jasper County Circuit court.


Updated April 7, 2014:  A judge is now considering a change of venue request for the trial of a Joplin man accused in the shooting death of a Missouri Southern assistant football coach.

Jeffrey Bruner is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action.  On Monday his defense lawyers asked for the case to be moved outside Jasper County.

The judge will decide at a later date.

Prosecutors says this past November Bruner shot 37-year-old Derek Moore multiple times outside a Joplin movie theater, where Moore had gone with Bruner's estranged wife.  Moore was in his first year at Missouri Southern as an offensive line coach.

In January, Bruner plead not guilty in circuit court to the charges.

He remains in the Jasper County jail on a $1 million bond.

Updated January 24, 2014:  The arraignment hearing was held today for the man charged in the shooting death of MSSU assistant coach Derek Moore.

Jeffrey Bruner had previously entered a plea of not guilty.

His next court date is February 21, 2014.


Authorities say Bruner is separated from his wife but confronted her and Moore in the parking lot of a Joplin movie theater on November 1.  Witnesses say Bruner shot Moore, who fell to the ground, and Bruner fired more rounds after Moore was on the ground.

Witnesses in the area helped detain Bruner until law enforcement arrived and was able to take him into custody without incident.

Updated January 9, 2014: CORRECTION:  Jeffrey Bruner did not waive preliminary hearing as we previously reported.  Both sides presented arguments for and against Bruner, who is charged in the shooting death of MSSU assistant coach Derek Moore.

After the hearing Jasper County Judge Richard Copeland found there is enough evidence to order Bruner bound over for Circuit Court for trial.  Court set bond at $1,000,000.00. Bruner will appear in Circuit Court January 24, 2014.

Authorities say Bruner is separated from his wife but confronted her and Moore in the parking lot of a Joplin movie theater on November 1.  Witnesses say Bruner shot Moore, who fell to the ground, and Bruner fired more rounds after Moore was on the ground.

Witnesses in the area helped detain Bruner until law enforcement arrived and was able to take him into custody without incident.

A fund has been established for Coach Moore's six-year-old son, Elijah Moore.  Elijah lives with his mother in Iowa.  To give to the Go Lions Elijah Moore Trust Fund contact Commerce Bank at (417) 626-4000.

We apologize for any confusion.

Updated November 29, 2013:  A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for January 9, 2014 for Jeffrey Bruner, the man charged in the shooting death of Missouri Southern State University assistant coach Derek Moore.

Updated November 18:  The man charged in the shooting death of Missouri Southern State University assistant coach Derek Moore has a new attorney, who has filed for charges to be dismissed.

Jeffrey Bruner had previously pled not guilty to charges of Class A Felony Murder and Armed Criminal Action.

On Monday his new attorney, Charles Rhoades, filed for the charges to be dismissed.

Bruner is scheduled to appear in court on November 27.


Updated November 8:  NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY MISSOURI SOUTHERN STATE UNIVERSITY

Go Lions Elijah Moore Fund Established at Commerce Bank

JOPLIN, MO(SNS) - A fund has been established for Elijah Moore, the 6-year-old son of slain Missouri Southern State University Assistant Football Coach Derek Moore.

Tomorrow will mark the first football game for the MSSU Lions since Moore's death.

Following a moment of silence before the game with Lindenwood, Missouri Southern's spirit squad will collect donations from the crowd.

The game will begin at 2 p.m. at Fred Hughes Stadium.

"We know Derek loved the Missouri Southern Lions and the Lions loved him," said Missouri Southern Interim President Alan Marble. "We feel this is a fitting tribute to Derek's life and work. We encourage fans to give at the game or to make a contribution to the Go Lions Elijah Moore Trust Fund."

Missouri Southern officials say audio excerpts from Monday's memorial for Moore will be played during halftime.

"On the field, Derek was all about getting the job done," said MSSU Athletics Director Jared Bruggeman.  "Now we want to get the job done for him. It will be an emotional day for everyone."

Elijah lives with his mother in the state of Iowa.

Those wanting to give directly to the Go Lions Elijah Moore Trust Fund should contact Commerce Bank at (417) 626-4000.

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Updated November 7:  Jeffrey Bruner has pled not guilty to charges of Class A Felony Murder and Armed Criminal Action.

Bruner is being held in the shooting death of Missouri Southern State University assistant coach Derek Moore.

Authorities say Bruner is separated from his wife but confronted her and Moore in the parking lot of a Joplin movie theater on November 1.  Witnesses say Bruner shot Moore, who fell to the ground, and Bruner fired more rounds after Moore was on the ground.

Witnesses in the area helped detain Bruner until law enforcement arrived and was able to take him into custody without incident.

A visitation for Moore will take place on November 10, and a funeral will be held November 11, both in Pella, Iowa.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be directed to a scholarship fund for Moore's son, Elijah. Checks can be mailed to the Missouri Southern Foundation at 3950 E. Newman Road, Joplin Mo. 64801.


Updated November 6:  NEWS RELEASE FROM MISSOURI SOUTHERN STATE UNIVERSITY


Joplin, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern athletic department has release information on funeral arrangements for Derek Moore. 

The visitation for Moore will take place on Nov. 10 from 4-6 pm in Pella, Iowa at the Third Reformed Church (708 E 13th Street). The funeral will take place at 10:30 am in the same church on Nov. 11. 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be directed to a scholarship fund for Moore's son, Elijah. Checks can be mailed to the Missouri Southern Foundation at 3950 E. Newman Road, Joplin Mo. 64801.  

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Updated November 4, 2013 at 8:59 PM CST:  The Missouri southern campus and Joplin community come together to remember and honor one of their own. This afternoon was all about moving forward stronger than ever. That's the message Missouri southern officials wanted to send to those in attendance at a memorial service held in honor of Derek Moore.

"It's obvious that Derek had a distinguished career over the 14 seasons doing what he loved in a profession that can make an impact in such a positive way." MSSU Athletic Director Jared Bruggeman read aloud.

It was standing room only in Courley Auditorium as students and faculty begin the healing process after the passing of football coach Derek Moore. The room was filled with emotions - from tears, to laughs....all coming together to honor the 37 year old who many knew as an upbeat person with a positive spirit.

"Derek was a fun guy. He was always full of life, always smiling. He had a great smile. He looked kind of like a prison guard but once you got past that he was far from that - a big old teddy bear. Soft hearted." says MSSU Head Football Coach, Daryl Daye.

Faculty members made their first statements since the shooting Friday evening, reminding students of the person Moore was on and off the field. Bruggeman described Moore as a coach, a brother, a father, and a friend.

"He was intense. He wanted to win. He was very competitive and he drove his athletes to be that way." Bruggeman says.

Moore came to MSSU after completing 3 seasons with Western Illinois University. Although it was his first year, the staff welcomed him like he was one of their own.
"It's a feeling of knowing we're together, and we're many many many times stronger. and that we're not alone. So it's that we're strong." says MSSU Interim President, Dr. Alan Marble.

As students left the auditorium they were left with one message...MOSOSTRONG...as the continue to grow stronger during the difficult times.

The university is in the process of setting up a donation fund for Moore's son, Elijah. There will be more information on how to donate -- at the football game this upcoming Saturday.
Updated November 4, 5:55 PM:  NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY MISSOURI SOUTHERN STATE UNIVERSITY


Missouri Southern Pays Tribute to Fallen Coach

JOPLIN,MO (SNS) – A large crowd gathered in Missouri Southern State University's Corley Auditorium  on Monday afternoon to pay tribute to Derek Moore, the MSSU assistant football coach whose life was cut short in a shooting incident outside a Joplin movie theater late last week. 

Following an introduction by Missouri Southern Athletic Director Jared Bruggeman, MSSU head football coach Daryl Daye recalled Coach Moore as "a fun guy -- always smiling, always full of life." 

"He was a solid person," Daye said.  "He loved Missouri Southern. "If he were here today, he would want me to say never take life for granted. Use your opportunities to get better, to be better, to live better.  He would want me to tell you to take tragedy and turn it into victory."

Coach Daye recalled the love that Moore showed to his young son, Elijah.

MSSU Interim President Alan Marble said Coach Moore was attracted to the spirit and character of Missouri Southern.

"He felt the joy of being a part of something bigger than any one individual," Dr. Marble said. "Now, we have to be ‘MOSO strong'  for each other, as we honor Derek."

University officials said a College Fund for Elijah Moore will kick off at the home football game with Lindenwood-Belleville on Saturday, Nov. 9.

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Updated November 4, 12:40 PMFriends in Iowa remember Derrick Moore via CBS affiliate KCCI.


Updated November 4, 10:00 AM:  NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE JOPLIN POLICE DEPARTMENT

An autopsy was completed on Mr. Moore in Kansas City on November 3, 2013.  Results of the autopsy revealed that Mr.Moore died as a result of several gunshot wounds to his body. 

It has been determined that the suspect in the shooting, Jeffrey Bruner, was currently separated from his wife.  Mr. Bruner confronted his estranged wife, as well as Mr. Moore in the parking lot of the movie theatre.  Mr. Bruner then shot Mr. Moore.  Mr. Moore fell to the ground and witnesses stated that Mr. Bruner fired more rounds after Mr. Moore was on the ground.  Mr. Bruner then went to his vehicle where he placed his firearm. Witnesses in the area helped detain Mr. Bruner until law enforcement arrived and was able to take him into custody without incident.

Mr. Bruner is still in custody and he has been transferred to the Jasper County Jail. 

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Updated November 2, 10:49pm: Joplin Police investigators say an autopsy will be performed on shooting suspect Derek Moore. Officers say multiple shots were fired but would not reveal how many times the victim was struck by bullets.

Sgt. Ryan West says the shooting was a challenge for the agencies that worked the scene because of the timing.  Many people were leaving the theater or arriving for late shows which created a more chaotic situation.

Police and witnesses say the situation could have been much worse as others could have been hit by stray bullets, but were not.

Updated November 2, 10:00pm by Rudy Harper:  Many people were inside the movie theater as the altercation took place outside. A newlywed couple found the experience unnerving.

"It was all at once - it was boom boom boom boom," said Daniel Goodwin.

Daniel and his wife were steps away from the incident.

"I mean that was pretty shocking, my heart was in my throat I could barely breath," said Leslie Goodwin.

The Goodwin's were outside the theater three minutes before the shots rang out.

"We were just in the lobby before you get down the stairs, right next to the doors," said Leslie.

The couple planned to see "The Millers" showing at 10:40 p.m.

Leslie says, "Then a young couple behind us ran inside and said someone call 9-11 there's was a shooting outside."

"It's kind of scary not knowing what's going on, you don't know if that guy had more shots or what," said Daniel.

Both say they thought they were in a scene from a scary movie.

"It's something like you see in the movies," said Daniel.

A scene that turned into chaos as more people filled the theater lobby.

"I just immediately took action - to move them (people) further into the movie theater. I got them down further in the lobby, and more and more people started flooding in," said Daniel.

They both say it's a miracle no one else was injured.

"There where pregnant women, their children, and anybody could of been hit," said Daniel.

Theater employees tried to calm the crowd inside as police investigated the scene.

"We really didn't want to stay anymore we decided to see if we could get our money back for our tickets and leave," said Leslie.

Still shaken, they say it may be a while before the enter a theater again.

Updated November 2, 1:35: NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE JOPLIN POLICE DEPARTMENT

The Jasper County Prosecutor's Office has filed charges against the suspect, Jeffrey L. Bruner.  Warrants were issued for Class A Felony Murder and Armed Criminal Action. Bond was denied.


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Updated November 2, 12:10 PM:  NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY MISSOURI SOUTHERN

Memorial Service Planned For Coach Moore


Joplin, Mo. -- A memorial service honoring the memory of Missouri Southern State University Assistant Football Coach Derek Moore will be held this Monday on the MSSU campus.

The brief ceremony will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 4 at Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall.

The entire Missouri Southern community including students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends are welcome to attend. Interim President Alan Marble, Athletics Director Jared Bruggeman and Head Football Coach Daryl Daye will speak.

For more information, contact the Office of University Relations and Marketing at (417) 625-9399.

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Updated November 2, 11:40 AM:  NEWS RELEASE FROM MISSOURI SOUTHERN

Southern football mourns the loss of coach Derek Moore

Joplin, Mo. -- Missouri Southern State University is mourning the loss of Assistant Football Coach Derek Moore.

Coach Moore passed away from injuries received last night in a shooting outside a local movie theatre.

Moore, 37, was in his first year with the Lions as offensive line coach. Coach Moore came to MSSU this year after coaching for three seasons at Western Illinois University. He had coached collegiate football for a total of 14 seasons.

He leaves behind a 7-year-old son.

"We are stunned and deeply saddened by this tragic incident, and our prayers are with Derek's family," said MSSU Interim President Alan Marble. "We are ensuring that our employees and students have the emotional support they need during this difficult time."

"Derek was new to Missouri Southern but he was embraced by our campus and community," said Head Football Coach Daryl Daye. "He was a very likeable person who always had a smile on his face and made friends easily with our staff and players. This is an unspeakable loss for the MSSU athletics family."

Festivities for Homecoming were canceled in the wake of the tragedy and the game has been postponed.

Grief counselors are available to students and employees.

"The Missouri Southern athletics community is deeply saddened by the events that have occurred," said Athletics Director Jared Bruggeman. "In times like this, our priority is to make sure we are there for our student-athletes, coaches and support staff in whatever way necessary."

Plans are being made for a candlelight vigil Monday on the MSSU campus.
At this time, no other changes to the schedule have been announced.

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Updated November 2, 10:22 AM:

FROM JOPLIN POLICE DEPARTMENT:

The victim of the shooting has been identified as Derek Moore, a 37 year old male from Joplin.  Mr. Moore was shot in the parking lot of the Northstar 14 Theatres last night around 9:50PM as he was leaving a movie.  The suspect, Jeffrey L. Bruner remains in custody at the Joplin City Jail.  An autopsy will be scheduled at a later date and time.

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Updated November 2, 7:00 AM:

NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE JOPLIN POLICE DEPARTMENT:

Northstar 14 Movie Theatres

On November 1, 2013 at approximately 9:50PM, officers with the Joplin Police Department responded to the Northstar 14 Movie Theatres for reports of shots fired.  An officer with the Duquesne Police Department arrived on scene at approximately 9:51PM and the suspect was taken into custody at 9:52PM. 


The victim was transported by EMS to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.  It is believed at this time that this was not a random act.  As of this time, we have not been made aware of any other injuries that were a result of the shooting. 


The suspect has been identified as Jeffery L. Bruner a 39 year old male of Joplin.  He is currently in custody in the Joplin City Jail for murder.  Paperwork will be forwarded to the Jasper County Prosecutor's Office for review of formal charges.  

The Duquesne Police Department, Jasper County Sheriff's Office, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol all responded to the theatre and assisted with the initial call.   

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STATEMENT FROM MISSOURI SOUTHERN STATE UNIVERSITY:


Homecoming events canceled, game postponed

Due to the tragic death Friday night of a Missouri Southern employee, all Homecoming activities are canceled and the football game versus Lindenwood has been postponed until a later date.

Additional details will be forthcoming later in the day.

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Posted November 1, 11:40 PM:  "We believe this was a targeted event, not just a random shooting," says Joplin Police Department Public Information Officer Lt. Matt Stewart.  "For that instance we're not releasing any names of the victim, including the suspect, just to make sure we have all the family notified."

Lt. Stewart says police were called to a report of shots fired outside the Hollywood Theater in Joplin at about 9:50 p.m. on Friday.

Officers from the Joplin Police Department, Duquesne Police Department, Jasper County Sheriff's Office and Missouri State Highway Patrol responded.

A suspect was taken into custody.

A victim was taken to an area hospital and at last report was in critical condition.

Lt. Stewart says some of the info in the initial investigation has led them to believe the victim was targeted by the suspect.

As far as they know nobody else was injured.


No other information is being released at this time, including the names of the suspect and victim.


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