MANCHESTER — Accused murderer Justin Moura is scheduled to appear in court today, where his public defenders will try to convince a judge to set bail for him in the March 2 shooting death of Tanya Hall outside a downtown Manchester bar.
So far, the only story to emerge from the killing comes from Jeremy Winslow, the man driving the Jeep SUV when a bullet struck Hall, the 34-year-old mother of a toddler, in the back.
Winslow, who faces a cocaine possession and motor vehicle charge stemming from the incident, has said he got into a dispute with members of the BRO motorcycle club, who regularly visit Club Manchvegas.
At an arraignment last week, lawyers for Moura, 34, agreed he be held without bail until they ask for a hearing. The public court file provides no information about why his two public defenders requested the bail hearing.
Meanwhile, an alternative story is emerging of what happened that night.
“(The) only weapon used on purpose was when he (Winslow) rammed a group of people with his jeep 8.5 minutes after leaving the bar he was ALLEGEDLY followed out of,” a man identified as Bro Itcob posted on a Manchester Facebook site.
In follow-up posts, Itcob said he has been questioned by police, that cameras captured what happened, and facts and the truth will come out.
“Our side has never changed ... his (Winslow’s) story changed at the end hourly. Nothing to hide,” he wrote.
Several law enforcement agencies, including Manchester police, were hesitant to answer questions about BRO, which has apparently been in Manchester for years.
One source said BRO members do not wear the 1 percent patch or three-piece emblem, two insignia that motorcycle gangs universally use to designate themselves.
Still, law enforcement agencies that monitor gangs are aware of BRO.
“We’re aware of lots of people in this state. That doesn’t mean we designate them as anyone nefarious,” the source said.
“Your best bet is going to Manchester police gang unit” for more information, he said.
"The Bro’s have been around for decades and we have little to no involvement with them," said Manchester police Capt. Brain O'Keefe. He described BRO as a motorcycle club.
FBI spokesman Kristen Setera said “we’re going to decline to comment” on BRO.
The lead prosecutor in the case, Assistant Attorney General Peter Hinckley, said the investigation is continuing, and with any investigation the possibility exists of more charges, different charges or the arrests of additional suspects.
“It still is early in the process. Interviews continue to be conducted and more are anticipated. As in most any case in which there has been an arrest, the arrest does not end the investigation,” Hinckley said.
In an interview with the Union Leader, one member of the group who goes by the name Bro Itcob said Moura is a devoted father to his child.
In his request for a public defender, Moura lists a 10-year-old daughter as a dependent, no employer and $600 in his checking account.
Itcob said Moura served in Iraq. Moura lists income of $900 a month in disability from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. That’s less than his monthly debt payments of $1,070 for car, motorcycle and credit card.
Itcob also stressed that Moura turned himself in once he realized police wanted him for questioning. Hinckley would not discuss details of the arrest.
Itcob met a reporter briefly to speak about BRO.
“We’re not a club. We’re not a gang. We’re a brotherhood,” Itcob said. He also described BRO as a fraternity.
“We are in no way a motorcycle club or are in any way affiliated with any club, group or organization other than ourselves,” he said.
Meanwhile, the owner of Club Manchvegas said BRO won’t be allowed in his establishment anymore.
“They’re very, very nice people,” said Jack Thompson. But he said BRO won’t be coming to Club Manchvegas anymore. When asked why, Thompson said his club goes to extremes to keep clientele safe, including running all customers through hand-held metal detectors.
“They don’t start no trouble. They’re very nice. If they see something wrong, they’ll stick their two cents in like any other customer,” Thompson said of BRO.
He said gangs such as Hells Angels visit other bars in the area.
Itcob wouldn’t discuss the size of the group.
He noted that one of the patches on his jacket reads: “Meus Fraternus Custodus,” Latin for my brother’s keeper.
In a statement, he said the hearts of BRO members go out to those whose lives have been drastically affected by the incidents of March 2.
“Our condolences to all. Please allow the authorities to do their job and allow the truth to come out,” he said. “If you want to make a difference, please donate to the Hall family GoFundMe page.”