American Legion shooting: Old feud draws blood

Friday, February 22, 2013 - 1:54pm

HENDERSON — A decades-old feud may have triggered a shooting early Sunday that left one man dead in a crowded dance hall.

Gunfire erupted after midnight at American Legion Post 844, where a blues music show was underway. When police arrived about 12:30 a.m. Sunday, they found Roy Lee Moore, 53, with multiple gunshot wounds to his upper body.

Henderson Police Lt. Craig Sweeney said Moore died a short time later at a Kilgore hospital emergency room where he was taken by emergency medical crews who had been en route to a Longview hospital.

“They stopped in Kilgore when it became apparent his condition was worsening,” Sweeney said. “The justice of the peace in Kilgore ordered an autopsy.”

About 30 minutes later, Joe Travis Watley, 60, was arrested at his home in the 300 block of Garden Street in connection with the shooting. Sweeney said Watley surrendered without incident. He was scheduled to appear in court today.

He was booked into the Rusk County Jail on a charge of murder. He was being held Monday without bond.

“He has not talked to us,” Sweeney said.

Moore was shot several times as he got up from a table where he had been sitting with Watley, witnesses said.

The shooting stemmed from a feud between the two men that dated back more than 20 years, witnesses told investigators. The nature of the feud was unclear Monday.

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