Police in Staunton are working on their first murder case in nearly two and a half years. It happened late Thursday night in a normally quiet neighborhood where investigators say a man gunned down the boyfriend of his estranged wife.
Police say Steven Glenn Moore, who was separated from his wife, drove to the Staunton house she shared with Van Wesley Bell, Jr. on the 800 block of Fisher Circle.
The two men got into a physical fight near the front door, and investigators say Moore fired shots that left Bell dead in his own yard.
Moore, 61, from Stuarts Draft faces first-degree murder and a pair of firearms charges.
Investigators call the alleged murder weapon a small-caliber handgun, but won't say whether it has been recovered.
A witness called 911 at 11:55 p.m. with a description of Moore and his pickup truck.
"Gave us very good information to stop the vehicle, and we were able to quickly identify what we had. Through the course of investigation through the remainder of the night, we knew we had our person," said Sgt. Eric Salemi of the Staunton Police Department.
Police say Moore did not resist arrest or try to run from their officers.
Moore had a brief court appearance Friday afternoon where he advised the judge that he will hire his own attorney. He will be back in Staunton District Court next Wednesday for a bond hearing and is currently being held at Middle River Regional Jail.
Staunton Police Department Press Release
On March 14, at approximately 1155 p.m., Staunton Police responded to a report of shots fired in the 800 block of Fisher Circle. The victim, Van W. Bell Jr., 51, of Staunton, was found dead at the scene.
Steven Glenn Moore, 61, of Stuarts Draft, was subsequently identified and taken into custody on Greenville Avenue in the city. Moore was arrested on the following charges and held without bond at the Middle River Regional Jail.
First Degree Murder
Use or Display of a Firearm in Commission of a Felony