Carvelle A. Moore was charged with burglary of a dwelling in connection with the burglary of a home on Austin Street in Winona.
Moore was represented by Grenada attorney Liz Davis in a preliminary hearing in Winona City Court Tuesday. Winona Sergeant Dan Herod was the lone witness in the hearing.
According to Herod’s testimony, police were dispatched to a home on Austin Street after a burglar was discovered inside the home by a 15-year-old resident. Herod said after the adult female resident left for work, her son, who was lying on the bed in his bedroom, heard something and saw someone cross in front of the door to the bathroom in the adjoining bedroom. Herod said soon after the boy came face to face with the burglar when the burglar entered his room.
“He saw the son on the bed, and then ran out,” Herod testified.
Herod said a dresser and closet in a guest bedroom were ransacked in the burglary, but nothing has been reported missing from the home.
Herod said the boy identified the burglar as someone who often walked along the path along side his house. He said the boy identified the suspect by name.
Herod testified that although Moore is from Grenada, he often stayed at a home in the Winona Housing Authority, and he and other officers began asking neighbors about his whereabouts.
“The neighbors called and told us what house he was in,” Herod said. “We found the suspect hiding under a bed in the back bedroom.”
In cross examination, Davis asked Herod about the boy’s identification of Moore.
Herod said the boy gave a physical description of the man he saw and identified him as Carvelle McCaskill. Herod said through the investigation, he learned that McCaskill was the last name of Moore’s cousin. However, with the physical description and first name, Herod said the investigation led to the suspect.
Herod said there was no formal lineup or photo lineup performed in the investigation, but the boy identified Moore as the burglar while he was being held in the back of Herod’s squad car.
Judge Donald Bond bound the case over to the action of a Montgomery County Grand Jury. Moore’s original bond of $50,000 was reduced to $25,000.