In a recent trial, James Moore was found guilty of capital murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The case, led by prosecutor Nadin-Sarah Salkic with second chair Thomas G. Adams, Jr., concluded with a successful prosecution aided by diligent detective work and crucial cooperation from a co-defendant.
The incident unfolded on September 25, 2019, when five individuals hatched a plan to rob Café Delicious in broad daylight. The assailants arrived in a suspect vehicle, strategically parking in front of the restaurant. Defendant James Moore, acting as a lookout, entered the establishment under the guise of purchasing a can of soda.
Once inside, the remaining four defendants, donned in masks and hoodies, entered the restaurant brandishing rifles and handguns. Chaos ensued as they robbed patrons, tragically resulting in the fatal shooting of Mr. Brian Harp, the owner of the establishment. Co-defendant Carrendius Walker, previously sentenced to life without parole, was identified as the shooter.
After the shooting, the assailants fled the scene, leaving Mr. Harp to perish in his own pool of blood. Notably, defendant James Moore waited for his accomplices to exit the restaurant before speeding away from the crime scene. Walker inadvertently left his phone at the location, leading to his subsequent arrest.
In an attempt to evade justice, Moore fled to his home state of Louisiana once identified as a suspect. However, he was apprehended by Troopers Ostarly and Huggins in Louisiana, who later testified in the trial.
The trial highlighted the crucial role played by surveillance footage, the cooperation of a co-defendant turning state's witness, and the meticulous efforts of Detective Frank Serra from the Dallas Police Department.
The Harp family found closure as justice was served, with James Moore being declared guilty and receiving a life sentence without the possibility of parole. The prosecution expressed gratitude to Assistant District Attorneys Eduardo Carranza, Jonathan Grant, Paul Pinon, Paige Williams, Joshua Vanderslice, and Irene Duong for their invaluable contributions throughout the trial.