Attorneys in the case of a man accused of killing his brother argued evidence in a contested omnibus hearing Wednesday in Crow Wing County District Court.
James Moon, 35, has been held in Crow Wing County Jail since being arrested March 10, 2002, for the murder of his brother, Billie Jo Moon.
Several issues were contested by James Moon's public defense attorney, Brad Rhodes, including probable cause, the suppression of evidence as a result of law enforcement procedure and the suppression of evidence and statements in violation of constitutional rights.
Crow Wing County Attorney Don Ryan called Brainerd Police Investigator Bruce London and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension special agent in charge Dave Bjerga, both of whom interviewed Moon in March 2002, to testify on behalf of the state.
Crow Wing County District Court Judge David Ten Eyck made no rulings Wednesday. Rhodes has until July 16 to file his briefs with the court, and Ryan has until July 30 to reply.
Billie Jo Moon was reported missing Feb. 16, 2002, from a downtown Brainerd bar. March 7, 2002, he was found in Kanabec County with a gunshot wound to the head. March 27, 2002, a grand jury indicted James Moon on a first-degree charge.
According to court documents, the brothers had been fighting at the Blue Ox Bar. They drove to a grove of trees on Crow Wing County Road 144 and continued to fight, and James Moon grabbed a gun from his vehicle and allegedly shot Billie Jo Moon, court documents state.
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