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North Fork Man Charged in Lee Homicide Makes Court Appearance

Robert Moye Jr.’s July 2019 booking photo

MADERA — A North Fork man charged in the July 2019 murder of prominent Mono tribal elder Gaylen Lee made another preliminary court appearance on Friday.

Robert Eugene Moye, 47, appeared in Department 23 of Madera County Superior Court Friday afternoon to formally hear all of the charges against him.

Moye was found competent earlier this year to stand trial in the homicide, which took place on July 6 last year near Lee’s home on Cascadel Drive (Road 233) in North Fork.

“The defendant was held to answer on all charges and will be arraigned on May 27,” said Madera County District Attorney Sally Moreno.

His trial is expected to take place later this year or sometime in 2021.

Moye has been held on a $3.75 million bond since his arrest immediately following the shooting.

He is charged with first-degree murder as well as to two counts of attempted murder, being a felon/addict in possession of a firearm and possession of marijuana/hashish for sale (over 2 ounces).

Moye’s court-appointed attorney has said his client plans to argue he acted in self-defense.


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