UPDATE | Suspect appears in court for charges in teen's death originally reported as suicide

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 10/11/19 @ 5:43 p.m.
Emotions were high in the Cabell County Courthouse Friday morning.

David Jakob Moore faced a judge Friday for his arraignment. He is charged with involuntary manslaughter and wanton endangerment. (Source: WSAZ)

A grieving family has been trying to cope after believing for months a loved one took his own life.

The events surrounding his death are now changing course as they watch a man, now facing criminal charges in connection with that death, stand before a judge

“I walked past him, and his head was down and he wouldn't look at me, and I think that he knows that it's finally time to answer for what's happened,” said Aleshia Dailey, the mother of Steven Parker Weekley.

David Jakob Moore is going to have to answer for the death of Weekley, who passed away in a shooting on May 9, 2018, in what was originally reported as a suicide.

Moore is now facing charges of wanton endangerment and involuntary manslaughter.

Dailey talks about how she felt the first time she saw Moore since her son's death.

“Angry,” Dailey said. “I was extremely angry and I guess disappointed, too, because I knew him and I know how close he was with Parker. So confusion, anger, the whole, everything. It was just a jumble of emotions, basically.”

While emotions have been running high for the Weekley family, the support from close ones has been a silver lining throughout this whole process.

“The support has been a great deal of support from everyone,” Weekley's sister Georgie Weekley said. “Friends, family, teachers complying with work and things like that, trying to just adjust to the new reality. It's been hard at times, but it's been getting easier and easier.”

Now the family is focused on seeing justice served for Parker Weekley and preserving his memory.

“The best sibling you could have,” Georgie Weekley said. “Always there, always so supportive, just supported you through anything … he was just so constant in your life, and it's hard having him gone.”

Jakob Moore’s pre-trial hearing is set for Nov. 13.

Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest information.



UPDATE 10/11/19 @ 12 p.m.
More than a year after a teenager's death that was originally reported as a suicide, a suspect appeared in court to face criminal charges in connection with the shooting.

David Jakob Moore faced a Cabell County Circuit Court judge Friday for his arraignment. He is charged with involuntary manslaughter and wanton endangerment.

This comes about 18 months after the death of Parker Weekley, 19, of Huntington. Weekley passed away on May 9, 2018 in a shooting at an apartment in the 800 block of 11th Avenue.

His death was first reported as a suicide, but after police presented the findings of their investigation to a grand jury, an indictment was returned.

In court Friday morning, the judge set a pre-trial date for Nov. 13.

UPDATE 10/7/19 @ 6:30 p.m.
For Aleshia Dailey, some sense of justice may finally be on its way.

This sense of justice comes 18 months after the death of her son, Parker Weekley.

“He was just amazing,” Dailey said. “He was so funny and so full of life. Everybody he was around just loved him and he loved his family especially his sisters.”

According to investigators, Weekley passed away on May 9, 2018, in a shooting at an apartment in the 800 block of 11th Avenue in Huntington.

His death was first reported as a suicide, but after police presented the findings of their investigation to a grand jury, an indictment was returned.

The suspect, Jakob Moore is being charged with wanton endangerment and involuntary manslaughter.

Dailey says the indictment is confirmation of what she felt she already knew.

“The thing I had the hardest time with is how it was reported at the time,” Dailey said. “I just knew as a mom. I was like no way. There's absolutely no way.”

“That gut feeling that you have. There is no way he would do that ever.”

Now, the family waits for justice and holds onto memories of their loved one.

“He was my best friend,” Dailey said. He was just amazing. He was so funny, I know I’ve said that before but everything we did in this house, his sisters, his step-dad, his dad and even his extended family, his grandparents too. He was just so funny. When he came into a room, he lit up a room and he just made it fun and he was just so loving.”

Moore is scheduled to be arraigned Friday morning in Cabell County Circuit Court.



ORIGINAL STORY 10/7/19
More than a year after a young man's death was reported as a suicide, a suspect is facing criminal charges in connection with the shooting.

A grand jury indicted David Jakob Moore on charges of involuntary manslaughter and wanton endangerment.

Moore is facing charges in connection with the death of Steven Parker Weekley.

According to the indictment, Moore shot a gun toward Weekley on May 9, 2018, hitting and killing the victim. It happened at an apartment in the 800 block of 11th Avenue.

Huntington Police Chief Hank Dial tells WSAZ the shooting was originally reported as a suicide, but police thoroughly investigate every death. Dial says they presented their findings to the grand jury.

Moore is scheduled to be arraigned Friday at the Cabell County Courthouse.

Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest information.


Steven Parker Weekley graduated from Hurricane High School before attending two semesters at WVU before his death.