A 26-year-old Omaha man charged with first-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of Elijah Foster was ordered held without bail Tuesday in Douglas County Court.
An assistant prosecutor in the Douglas County Attorney’s Office told Judge Sheryl Lohaus that James Sawyer shot Foster, 18, with an AK-47 pistol on Feb. 5 near 47th Street and Ellison Avenue. Sawyer is also charged with first-degree assault in connection with the shooting of a 20-year-old woman about three blocks away.
Homicide detectives have arrested three people in connection with the shootings.
Christina Stover, 38, was charged Monday with two counts of being an accessory to a felony and ordered held in jail on $50,000 bail.
Adonus Moses, 27, who will make his first court appearance Wednesday, was also arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder and first-degree assault. Moses and Sawyer are also charged with three counts of use of a firearm to commit a felony, being a felon in possession of a firearm and unlawful discharge of a firearm.
According to the County Attorney’s Office, Foster and the woman were shot by Sawyer, who was a passenger in a car driven by Moses. The assistant prosecutor told the judge that police have documentation of Sawyer purchasing ammunition for an AK-47 pistol and a photograph of him with the weapon.
The prosecution has not said whether the gun was recovered. Officials have said the shooting was gang-related but have not specified whether the victims or the shooter were part of a gang.
In April 2015, Moses pleaded no contest to conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in connection with the January 2014 shooting death of 5-year-old Payton Benson.
He was sentenced to eight years in prison and was eligible for parole after four years. Credited for more than a year of prison time he had already served, Moses was released in June.
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