A homicide detective testified Monday that a dispute between north Omaha gangs led to the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old man.
Detective Brandon Hahn of the Omaha Police Department said an investigation determined that Elijah Foster was shot and killed Feb. 5 by James Sawyer, 27, in retaliation for the Jan. 20 slaying of Jacque Holbert IV, 21.
Foster belonged to the 38th Street Bloods, Hahn said, and that gang was thought to have been responsible for the shooting death of Holbert, who associated with Sawyer of the Hillside Bloods.
When asked about a motive behind Foster’s slaying, Hahn said that Holbert, Sawyer’s friend, had been killed. Holbert “ hung out with Sawyer and the Hillside Bloods,” he said.
Following a preliminary hearing Monday, a Douglas County judge ordered Sawyer to stand trial on charges of first-degree murder, two counts of use of a weapon to commit a felony, first-degree assault, use of a firearm by a prohibited person and discharging a firearm from a vehicle.
Adonus Moses, 27, is accused of being an accomplice in the killing of Foster and previously had been ordered to stand trial on a first-degree murder charge in connection with Foster’s death.
Foster was fatally shot in the back while driving a Dodge Avenger that was being pursued by two men in a Ford Focus near 47th Street and Ellison Avenue. A 20-year-old woman who was an innocent bystander was wounded by shots fired from the Focus as she stood outside her home, Hahn said.
The gun allegedly used in those shootings, an AK-47 Mini Draco pistol, was found by police Feb. 8 following an attempted drive-by shooting near 39th Street and Kansas Avenue. The gunman’s car crashed and two men ran away.
Police followed the men’s tracks in the snow, Hahn said, and found Sawyer, Moses and an AK-47 Mini Draco pistol that can be matched to Foster’s slaying , Hahn said.
In an interview with detectives, Moses allegedly admitted to being the driver when Foster was shot by Sawyer.
Hahn said officers found a silver Ford Focus “with unique characteristics” matching the description of the vehicle used in Foster’s killing. It was parked outside the home of Christina Stover, 38, near 24th Street and Newport Avenue.
Stover, who was identified as Moses’ girlfriend, said the car was hers. She has been charged with two counts of being an accessory to a felony.