Autopsy completed on Country Squire Lakes shooting victim

An autopsy completed on 23-year-old Donavon Booker, who died in a shooting in the Country Squire Lakes subdivision, shows he died of a single gunshot wound to his upper torso.

Jennings County Coroner Gene Rudicel said a full autopsy was done on Booker on Wednesday, and the coroner’s office is awaiting further results, including those from toxicology tests.

Jennings County Sheriff’s Department deputies said Booker was outside a home at 3972 Squire Lakes Blvd. with two other individuals when he was shot while standing in the driveway.

Home security cameras filmed the incident, which shows Stephon Moore, 30, of Louisville, Kentucky, exiting from a light-colored, four-door passenger car with three other individuals, according to a probable cause affidavit filed against Moore in Jennings Circuit Court.

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The video shows an altercation and a man with shoulder-length hair described as dreadlocks, later identified as Moore, shooting a pistol at three different men at the Squire Lakes Boulevard address, according to the affidavit.

Moore is charged in Jennings Circuit Court with one count of murder and two additional counts of attempted murder in the shooting incident, court records state.

Moore is being held without bond in Louisville following his arrest Tuesday by Louisville Metro Police on the murder and attempted murder charges.

In an initial hearing in Louisville, Moore agreed to be extradited back to Jennings County, although Jennings County officials have not yet had that confirmed through the court, Jennings County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy David Turner said. Jennings County now has a 30-day window to move Moore to the Jennings County Jail in North Vernon, where he will be held without bond pending court hearings.

Turner said an investigation continues into the shooting, and detectives are still trying to locate one person they wish to speak with about the shooting. Additional charges against other people are being considered, Turner said.

Two other people have been “detained” in Louisville, although their names have not been released because they have not yet been arrested or charged, deputies said.

Detectives have been able to piece together Moore’s movements in Jennings County prior to the shooting, according to the probable cause affidavit, and witnesses identified Moore as the shooter after viewing a photo array of possible suspects.

As for the motive behind the shooting, a witness told detectives Monday that Moore had picked up a man identified as Frank Bailey in a silver Chrysler 200 with a woman driving the vehicle, the probable cause affidavit states. A man later identified as Moore was a passenger, according to the affidavit.

According to the witness, after Bailey got in the back seat of the vehicle, within a few minutes, the witness heard gunshots coming from the area where Booker was shot, the affidavit states.

The witness told detectives that Bailey had gone to the Squire Lakes Boulevard address earlier and made statements that he had been jumped earlier by four people at the residence for supposedly touching a woman named Trinity, court affidavits state.

Witnesses told investigators that the shooting was about leaving a girl alone, which turned into a “big ordeal.”

Keith Rutherford, who lives two doors down from where the shooting occurred and attempted to render first aid to Booker on Monday night, said the disagreement about the girl did not involve the victim and that Booker was “just a bystander” when he was killed.

Booker was taken from the scene to St. Vincent Jennings Hospital in North Vernon, where he was pronounced dead Monday night, deputies said.

Booker, who graduated from Liberty Christian Academy in Seymour in 2013, had started a job at Hilex Poly Co. in North Vernon in February.