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Mother denies identifying robbery/slaying defendant to Pasco detectives

Adam Luke Moyer, center, stands beside his attorney Dennis Watson during his first-degree murder trial Wednesday at the West Pasco Judicial Center. Moyer and Russell David Lane are being tried for murder and armed robbery in the death of clerk Danny Foster at a 7-Eleven in Pasco County. During the first day of trial, Lane pleaded guilty to the charge.

BRENDAN FITTERER | Times

Adam Luke Moyer, center, stands beside his attorney Dennis Watson during his first-degree murder trial Wednesday at the West Pasco Judicial Center. Moyer and Russell David Lane are being tried for murder and armed robbery in the death of clerk Danny Foster at a 7-Eleven in Pasco County. During the first day of trial, Lane pleaded guilty to the charge.

NEW PORT RICHEY — Theresa Moyer said she didn't remember. Yes, she had seen a video of a robbery at the 7-Eleven up the street from her house, in which a clerk named Danny Foster, 61, was thrown to the ground and later died. But no, she didn't remember telling detectives one of the men in the video was her son, Adam Moyer, 20.

"Would it help if I showed you the statement you made to detectives?" prosecutor Chris Labruzzo asked.

"No," she said.

"Why not?" he asked.

"I don't remember saying that," she answered.

Adam Moyer's trial continued Wednesday, one day after his co-defendant Russell David Lane pleaded guilty to first-degree murder. The jury had viewed surveillance footage of the Jan. 10, 2012, robbery of the 7-Eleven store at 9039 Ridge Road. In the video, two men in hooded sweatshirts enter the store. One, in a blue sweatshirt with a covered face, demands money. Lane, with clearly visible neck tattoos, tussles with Foster and pushes him. Foster's head hits the concrete.

Lane was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Both men lived in a nearby trailer park, according to witness testimony.

According to his lawyer, Lane said he'd "had enough" and wanted to set the record straight ­— namely that it wasn't Adam Moyer with him on the day of the robbery. Circuit Judge Mary Handsel decided the trial would continue, despite a request by the defense for a mistrial. Lane will testify on Thursday.

The state called numerous deputies and forensic specialists on Wednesday, and most testified about how they found the two men shortly after the robbery in a nearby area. They found $33 in ones and fives, cigarettes and beer and discarded clothes — including the blue sweatshirt.

Labruzzo reminded Theresa Moyer about how she told a grand jury the person in the video was her son.

"I honestly don't remember saying those words," she said.

Mother denies identifying robbery/slaying defendant to Pasco detectives 02/12/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 9:35pm]
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