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Tentative Trial Date Set in Lee Murder Case

MADERA — Robert Eugene Moye, the North Fork man charged in the July 2019 murder of prominent Mono tribal elder Gaylen Lee, was arraigned in Madera County Superior Court on Wednesday.

Robert Moye Jr.’s July 2019 booking photo

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Moye, 47, appeared in Department 22 via video hookup for an informational hearing and to formally be advised of all of the charges against him.

Moye was found competent earlier this year to stand trial in Lee’s homicide, which took place on July 6, 2019 near Lee’s home on Cascadel Drive (Road 233) in North Fork.

Madera County Deputy District Attorney Brooke Bergman is prosecuting the case.

On Wednesday, Superior Court Judge Ernest LiCalsi set June 4 at 8:30 a.m. for Moye’s next court proceeding — a trial confirmation hearing — and also set a tentative date of July 21 for Moye’s jury trial to begin.

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

His court-appointed attorney has said Moye plans to argue he acted in self-defense when he fired a rifle at Lee and two other men following a verbal altercation last July.

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