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Tallahassee, FL - A Tallahassee man has been convicted of murder and attempted robbery.

Bernard Davis shot Robert Moore in June, 2010.

Prosecutors say Davis pulled the trigger when Moore started laughing at him during an attempted robbery.

Investigators say Moore managed to drive away, but crashed his car a short time later and died.

It took the jury comprised of six men about four and a half hours to reach the verdict.

The judge sentenced Davis to the mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole for first degree murder and 25 years for attempted robbery.

Those two sentences will run at the same time.

His lawyer plans to appeal.


UPDATED by Andy Alcock
May 23, 2013 12:08 p.m.

The case has gone o the jury.


UPDATED by Andy Alcock
May 23, 2013 11:58 a.m.

Judge finishing jury instructions. Going to jury momentarily.


UPDATED by Andy Alcock
May 23, 2013 11:22 a.m.

The prosecution and defense are wrapping up closing arguments.


UPDATED by Julie Montanaro
May 22, 2013 1:13 p.m.

Bernard "Briston" Davis told the judge he does not intend to testify in his own defense.


UPDATED by Julie Montanaro
May 22, 2013 1:09 p.m.

The state has rested its case against Bernard "Briston" Davis.


UPDATED by Julie Montanaro
May 21, 2013 7p.m.

A Tallahassee man is now on trial for attempted robbery and murder.

Prosecutors contend Bernard Davis pulled the trigger when the target of the hold up started laughing at him.

Marquiez Rollins says he was standing by Robert Moore's car outside the Collonade Apartments ready to buy some marijuana, when Bernard "Briston" Davis pulled out a gun.

The state asked us not to show Rollins face saying his safety is at risk.

"Could you tell what kind of gun it was?"

"I think it was a revolver," Rollins said.

Do you recall any of the statements he said to ya'll?

"He was just like 'give me what you got' or whatever, I guess," Rollins said.

"Did you think he was serious?"

"No."

"Were you kind of laughing, laughing it off?"

"Yeah," Rollins said.

Prosecutors suggest say that laughter prompted Davis to pull the trigger that night in June of 2010.

Robert Moore - who's friends call him "Cleve" - was shot in the shoulder.

The medical examiner testified the bullet pierced his lung, struck his aorta and then hit his kidney.

Moore managed to drive away, prosecutors say, but crashed right down the street and died.

Defense attorneys say no one saw Davis fire that deadly shot.

"The defense in this case is that Briston Bernard Davis did not shoot Mr. Moore," defense attorney Darren Shippy told the jury.

Davis was arrested at his girlfriend's apartment and police say they found the murder weapon - a Smith and Wesson revolver - in her purse.

"At that time did you know, did you have any idea that perhaps it could have been used in a murder?"

"No sir," she testified.

Also on the stand this afternoon, a former cellmate who claims Davis asked him to kill the girlfriend so she would not testify against him.

The trial is expected to continue through Thursday.


By: Julie Montanaro
May 21, 2013, 11:19 a.m.

Marquiez Rollins testified that he had called victim Robert Moore to buy some marijuana from him. He says Moore pulled in to the Collonade Apartments. He says Moore stayed in the car and while he was standing there talking to him, Davis came up and pulled out a revolver.

Rollins testified that Davis said "Give me what you got," but both he and Moore thought he was joking.

Rollins testified he started to walk away when he heard gunfire. He says he heard more than one shot but did not see who fired the shots.

Rollins testified Moore sped off and he went home and took a bath.

Rollins testified Davis never tried to rob him and never pointed the gun at him.


By: Julie Montanaro
May 21, 2013

Bernard Davis is now on trial for murder. He's accused of shooting and killing Robert "Cleve" Moore during a botched robbery in June 2010.

Prosecutors say Davis tried to rob Moore during a drug deal, but Moore and another man named "Big Mark" knew Davis and thought it was a joke. Prosecutors contend they laughed at Davis and that's what set him off.

Prosecutors say Moore was shot in front of the Collonade Apartments but drove away and crashed into another car on McCaskill Street. The back windshield of his car had been shot out.

Prosecutors say they found the murder weapon in the purse of Davis's girlfriend and some bullets in a Dora backpack in her apartment.

Prosecutors say after Davis was arrested and in jail he tried to have another inmate "take care" of her so she could not testify against him.

Davis's attorney says Moore came to the apartments to sell drugs to "Big Mark". He says Davis did not shoot Moore that day.


UPDATED 9-29 1:20PM

On September 29, a Leon County grand jury handed down a first degree murder indictment for Bernard Briston Davis.

A judge ordered that Davis continue to be held without bond until his trial.

Davis is accused of shooting Robert Moore in front of the Collonade Apartments in July.


UPDATED 6-18 11:30am

A man accused of murder in a drug deal gone bad had his first appearance in court Friday morning.

18 year old Bernard Briston Davis appeared in court Friday morning via web cam from the leon county jail.

Davis was arrested Thursday and charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of 31 year old Robert Moore.

The shooting happened Wednesday night around 8:30 in the parking lot of 1616 McCaskill Avenue.

In court, Davis was appointed a public defender by the judge.

He was also denied bond on the murder charge.

No court date was set for his next appearance.


UPDATED 6.16.2010 6:55pm by Julie Montanaro

A shooting just after sundown Wednesday claimed the life of a Tallahassee man and now the suspected triggerman is under arrest.

Investigators blame it all on a botched robbery.

"I heard a big bang."

Belinda Riley heard the crash, most of the neighbors did, and didn't realize until later that it was a gunshot, not the head on crash on McCaskill Avenue, that killed 31-year-old Robert Moore.

"It's a tragedy. I just pray for the family that they're okay," Riley said as she looked over her porch railing toward the scene of the crash.

When police arrived on scene at about 8:30 Wednesday night, they thought they were responding to a traffic crash and quickly discovered Moore had been shot.

Thursday shortly after noon they arrested this man for pulling the trigger. 18-year-old Bernard "Briston" Davis.

Police say Moore and another man were in the midst of a drug deal in the parking lot of the Colonnade Apartments when Davis tried to get in on the action.

"Mr. Davis walked up with a handgun, tried to commit a robbery. Mr. Moore then tried to drive off, multiple shots were fired. He was struck and then crashed a short time later and succumbed to his injuries at TMH." Tallahassee Police Spokesman David McCranie said.

Davis is set to be arraigned on those murder charges first thing Friday morning.

Police say the driver of the other car that was struck last night is expected to make a full recovery.


Updated 2:27pm 6-17

TPD Press Release:

Tuesday night at approximately 8:30PM, the Tallahassee Police Department responded to a reported vehicle crash in the 1600 Block of McCaskill Avenue.

Upon arrival, officers discovered that a 1995 Lexus, driven by 31 year-old Robert L. Moore, crashed head on into a 2003 Nissan.

As officers provided medical assistance to Mr. Moore they discovered he was the victim of a gunshot wound.

Investigator James Besse from the Tallahassee Police Department’s Violent Crimes Unit responded to the scene.

A short time later, officers located physical evidence indicating that the shooting occurred in the parking lot of 1616 McCaskill Avenue (Colonnade Apartments).

Further investigation revealed that Moore was involved in a drug deal when a man, later identified as 18 year-old Bernard B. Davis, attempted to rob Moore at gunpoint.

The preliminary investigation indicates that Moore ignored Davis and began to drive away.

As Moore drove away, Davis is believed to have fired several times striking Moore.

Moore succumbed to his gunshot wound at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.

Investigator Besse obtained a murder warrant for the arrest of Davis this morning.

Members of the Tallahassee Police Department’s Career Criminal Unit located Davis at 2301 Old Bainbridge Road and arrested him without incident.

ARRESTED:

Bernard Briston Davis, Black Male, 18 yoa. Charges: First Degree Murder, Use of a Firearm During a Felony, and Attempted Robbery with a Firearm.

To view the photo of the victim click on the camera icon at the top of the story.


Updated 11:23 a.m. 6-17

Tallahassee police are not releasing any motive or suspect information at this time in the death of Robert Moore.

But police do say the shooting does not appear to be random.

An autopsy is being done on Moore's body Thursday to determine if he died from the shooting or the crash. Police say Moore crashed his car head on with another vehicle.

The results should be available sometime Thursday afternoon.

Stay tuned to wctv.tv for updates.


Updated 8:22am 6-17

Tallahassee Police say Robert L. Moore, born 10/5/78 was the victim of Wednesday nights shooting. Officials say Moore was driving a car when someone shot at him. Moore's car then crashed.

At this point, police have not made any arrests.

We do not have any other details available at this time but we will continue to keep you updated as soon as more information becomes available.


11:00p.m. 6/16

Tallahassee Police Officer David McCraine says the shooting happened around 9 p.m. Wednesday night in the 1600 Block of McCaskill Avenue in Tallahassee.

Police say they do not have a suspect in custody and the motive is unclear at this time.

The victim is a male but there are no other details at this time.

WCTV has a reporter on the way and will bring you more details as they become available.


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