OFF THE WIRE
A biker fatally shot outside a Jackson nightclub also had fired a weapon, a Jackson police detective testified Monday in Hinds County Court.
Jeffery Purvis, 39, of Jackson was killed and four other men wounded outside Club Royal on Wood Street at about 11:36 p.m. Oct. 26.
Johnny Moore, 39, is charged with murder in Purvis' death.
Last week, a top police official said police believed Moore was the only gunman.
But Detective Willliam Waples testified Monday in Moore's preliminary hearing that witnesses said Purvis was shooting and is believed to have shot a man in the head who was in the truck with Moore.
Waples testified witnesses said others also fired shots that night and the investigation is ongoing.
Witnesses told police Moore and Purvis argued inside the club, then later outside the establishment.
Moore's attorney, Hinds County Assistant Public Defender June Hardwick, asked Waples if witnesses indicated whether Purvis was the aggressor.
"Witnesses indicated both were arguing," Waples said.
Waples said a weapon was recovered near Purvis' body. No weapon was recovered from Moore, but he left the scene prior to police arriving. It was about 9 a.m. Oct. 27 before police contacted Moore. He later surrendered at police headquarters.
Moore told police there were weapons in the truck he was in that night.
Waples also testified witnesses said Moore texted someone at the club asking if Purvis was still there.
According to Waples, witnesses told police Moore said in a text message that he was coming back to take care of business.
Hardwick argued the shooting was likely self-defense. She argued for a low bond for Moore.
Assistant District Attorney Armstrong Walters said Moore has a prior conviction for aggravated assault.
County Judge Houston Patton sent the case to a grand jury to decide whether Moore will be indicted on a murder charge.
Patton set Moore's bond at $50,000 bond.