The suspect started his series of worsening crimes on May 4 this year.
That’s when Adrian Moore drove his girlfriend to Methodist North Hospital with injuries from what he said was a car crash — one he hadn’t reported to police. When the medical staff advised her family that the injuries instead were consistent with a beating, Moore was confronted. He fled the scene just before police arrived.
The victim told officers that she had been assaulted by Moore until she lost consciousness. She was kept overnight and released the next day.
Later on May 5 Memphis Police responded to a call about a shooting at 3726 Naylor Drive in north Memphis. Police found the same female victim who was interviewed at the hospital. She and a friend were inside the house when shots were fired. They went outside to find two cars damaged by bullets.
The woman told officers her boyfriend, Adrian Moore, had threatened to kill her for telling the truth about his domestic violence assault.
Arrest warrants were issued but police didn’t know where to find Moore.
On May 21, another shooting brought officers to 2420 Covington Pike at the Gwatney Saab dealership. There they found Jeremy Jerdine who was suffering from multiple gunshots.
Witnesses told police the two men had been arguing about a vehicle when one pulled a handgun. Jerdine was shot five times. He later died from the injuries. A suspect was developed quickly: Adrian Moore.
A third warrant was issued for Moore. He now was sought on charges of first-degree murder, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, criminal attempted felony, aggravated assault/domestic violence, vandalism and reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon.
A citizen’s tip came to CrimeStoppers on June 9. The tipster offered the information law enforcement officials needed: the suspect’s location.
Adrian Moore was arrested and jailed on a $320,000 bond. The man’s felony history includes theft, aggravated assault and attempted first-degree murder.
The case was one of 17 presented at the June meeting of the CrimeStoppers Awards Committee. Awarded to the tipster in this case: $1,000.