A 27-year-old Omaha man was the driver in two shootings and provided the rifle to the shooter in a February homicide, authorities said.
A judge ruled Monday that Adonus Moses will stand trial on first-degree murder and six additional assault and weapons charges.
Moses and two others, James Sawyer and Christina Stover, are charged in connection with the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Elijah Foster on Feb. 5. Officials have said the shooting was in retaliation for the Jan. 20 slaying of 21-year-old Jacque Holbert IV, who was Sawyer’s friend.
Holbert associated with Sawyer of the Hillside Bloods, and Foster was a member of the 38th Street Bloods, police have said.
Foster, who was driving a Dodge Avenger, was followed from the Cubby’s convenience store at 4232 Redman Ave. by a gray Ford Focus on Feb. 5, Omaha Police Detective Brandon Hahn testified. Several bullets were fired at Foster before the vehicles reached 47th and Ellison Avenues, where he was fatally shot.
Erica Robinson, an innocent bystander who was smoking outside her home, was hit twice but survived. One bullet struck the 20-year-old’s abdomen, Hahn said.
Foster’s vehicle was struck several times from the rear before a bullet went through the driver’s seat and entered Foster’s back. Officers recovered 27 shell casings and several projectiles that were consistent with the same 7.62x39 mm rifle, Hahn said. Video surveillance showed that the shooter was sitting in the front passenger seat.
On Feb. 8, officers followed footprints in the snow after receiving a call about shots being fired at 39th Street and Kansas Avenue. They then found Moses and Sawyer, who were arrested.
Authorities also recovered an AK-47 Mini Draco pistol. Ballistics tests showed that the pistol was used in the Feb. 5 and Feb. 8 shootings.
Moses told police that he brought the gun to Sawyer on Feb. 5 but denied any involvement in that shooting and said Sawyer told him he was the shooter. He acknowledged being the driver in the Feb. 8 shooting.
Texts on Sawyer’s phone showed that Moses agreed to bring Sawyer the gun on Feb. 5.
The gray Ford Focus used on Feb. 5 was registered to Stover, who officials have said was Moses’ girlfriend. She had texted Moses two hours after the Feb. 5 shooting, asking that he fill up the gas tank because her son needed to use the car the next day.
Sawyer, 27, is awaiting trial on first-degree murder and other charges. Stover, 38, awaits a preliminary hearing on accessory charges.