Preliminary Hearing Set in Coach’s Death

Posted 8 months ago

By Stan Unruh

Derek Moore

Derek Moore

(AP) – A January preliminary hearing has been scheduled for a southwest Missouri man accused of killing a football coach at Missouri Southern State University.

Jeffrey Bruner is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the Nov. 1 death of 37-year-old Derek Moore outside a Joplin movie theater. Moore was shot several times in the parking lot of the theater where he had gone with Bruner’s estranged wife. Bruner has pleaded not guilty.

Online court records show that on Wednesday, Jasper County court scheduled a preliminary hearing for Bruner for Jan. 9.

Bruner, who is 39 and from Joplin, is being held without bond in the county jail.

Moore was in his first year at Missouri Southern as an offensive line coach.