Man accused in Durham clerk’s murder appears in Granville County court

Timothy Moore

OXFORD, N.C. (WNCN) – The man accused of killing a Durham store clerk last month appeared in a Granville County courtroom Monday morning.

Timothy Moore, 31, was wanted for the murder of Nafez Jalal, 57, on April 27. Police say Moore killed Jalal and injured another store employee during a robbery.

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Moore made his first court appearance in Granville County Monday.

State troopers said early Sunday morning, Moore led them on a chase in Butner after they tried to stop him for speeding.

Moore told officers his name was Eric Rivers but later they were able to connect him to the murder of Jalal.

Tekin Guler, a manager at the store, said the arrest is good news for Jalal’s family.

“Somehow, they are going to have some relief,” he said “But, is it going to bring him back? No.”

Moore was charged with eluding police and driving a stolen vehicle. He had been on the run since he was identified as a suspect in the shooting and robbery. Tekin sayid he knew Moore was going to get caught.

“This might be a lesson for those because you get caught no matter what,” he said. “Technology is so advanced right now that they can trace you.”

Moore is scheduled to be back in court for the Granville charges May 25.

To know that he is behind bars, is a little comforting for Tekin.

“I’ve never had such a situation before,” said Tekin. “I’ve been here for 10 years. When that happened, I was scared honestly.”

Jalal’s family told CBS North Carolina over the phone that they are happy Moore has been caught.

Right now, there is not a date set for when Moore will appear in court for murder charges in Durham.

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