A Limestone County judge set bail Monday for a man charged with murder in the weekend shooting of a lost camper near Belle Mina.
Joel Moyers’ bail was set at $260,000 total — $250,000 on a charge of murder and $10,000 on a charge of shooting into an occupied vehicle — District Attorney Brian Jones said.
Moyers, 52, remained in Limestone County Jail in lieu of that amount as of about 2 p.m.
Jones said the judge set special conditions for Moyer’s release on bail in addition to the normal restrictions.
“He must reside with his mother at her residence in Cullman. He shall not possess any firearms while on bail and surrender any firearms to the sheriff’s department, and his lawyer will assist in obtaining any firearms for the sheriff’s department,” Jones said.
Jones said his office filed for the bail hearing early Monday morning.
Brandon Hydrick, 26, of Athens, was killed early Saturday when a bullet fired by Moyers penetrated the tailgate and cab of Hydrick’s truck, Limestone Sheriff Mike Blakely said.
Blakely said Hydrick and his brother, Ryan Hydrick, were looking for a friend’s campsite when Ryan took a wrong turn about 3 a.m. and ended up near Moyers’ trailer home on Fennel Road.
Blakely said Moyers told deputies he became suspicious of the truck stopped near his home, approached the vehicle carrying a semi-automatic AK-47 rifle, and attempted to stop it by flashing a light so he could get a tag number.
The rifle scared the Hydrick brothers and they tried to drive away. Moyers fired one shot, which he claims was intended as a “warning shot,” that pierced the truck and struck Brandon Hydrick in the back, Blakely said.