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Monday, December 22, 2014
Accused killer of MSSU coach to stand trial next month
The trial of Jeffrey Bruner, 40, charged with first degree murder and armed criminal action in connection with the November 2, 2013, shooting death of Missouri Southern State University offensive line coach Derek Moore, is set for January 20 in Jasper County Circuit Court.
The trial is expected to last two days.
The murder of Derek Moore was detailed in a Joplin Police Department news release issued November 4, 2013:
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.
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, Jeffery 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.