Trial begins for 2017 murder in Belhaven

Published 12:04 pm Friday, September 16, 2022

A murder case from December 2017 went to trial this week starting on Monday, Spet. 12 and is expected to continue into next week. 

Jayquan Lamar Newmones was charged in the murder of Timothy Bernard Moore, 27 of Belhaven. Moore’s body was found by a passing motorist on Christmas Eve on a dirt road near Beech Ridge Road in Belhaven, per reports from the Daily News at that time. Moore had been shot 13 times – once in the head, seven times in the torso, three times in the left arm and twice in the right arm. 

On Feb. 15, 2018, Newmones was taken into custody in Augusta, Georgia by members of the Greenville Police Department’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Team, the North Carolina SBI Fugitive and Missing Person Task Force, the FBI, Augusta Police Department and the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Newmones was charged with one count of murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and a felony larceny of a motor vehicle.

In addition to Newmones, two individuals were taken into custody in connection to the murder. Newmones’ brother, Khalif Muhammed Newmones, 25, of 252 Duke St., Belhaven, and Alicia Hassona Polen, 27, of 1903 Cooney Circle, Augusta, Georgia, were charged with accessory after the fact to murder.

All three were originally held in the Charles B. Webster Detention Center in Georgia upon apprehension. They were extradited to Beaufort County a couple of months ago. Though the brothers remained in custody in the Beaufort County Detention Center, Polen was released on bond, according to Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.