MADERA — A trial date is expected to be set next week for Robert Moye, the North Fork man charged with murder in the July 2019 shooting death of prominent Mono tribal elder Gaylen Lee.
Moye has been jailed on a $3.75 million bond since his arrest shortly after the shooting. His trial confirmation hearing is scheduled to take place Monday (July 20) in Madera County Superior Court.
Madera County District Attorney Sally Moreno said this week that the case appears to be on track for a 2020 jury trial.
“Jury selection is slow these days with COVID-19 so [jury] selection might take two or three weeks,” Moreno added.
Earlier this year, Moye, 47, was found competent 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.
Moye 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).
According to court records, Moye pled guilty to a felony drug offense in 2017 and also has a felony conviction for robbery from 1998.
His court-appointed attorney has said his client plans to argue the shooting took place in self-defense.