In a case of mistaken identity, Bryant Moore was released Thursday after having been wrongly accused and booked into jail on a crime he said he didn’t commit.
“I’m still baffled but it’s done and over with,” he said.
Moore walked out of the Trumbull County Jail as a free man.
“The nice corrections officer guy, guard, came to me and said, ‘Moore, you’re going home. You’re being released,'” he said.
Moore was wrongly accused of the December shooting at the Sac of Suds laundromat.
“I saw a clip on the WKBN website and I’m like, ‘Man!'” he said. “I got real paranoid and emotional cuz I know I would never do nothing like that, not for any reason.”
He turned himself in to police Wednesday night to clear his name, saying they were looking for the wrong man. Moore said he wasn’t even in the city when the shooting happened.
“By me knowing that I had zero, nothing to do with that, that guy is still out here.”
Those charges were dismissed Thursday morning when investigators said a witness came forward, saying Moore wasn’t the shooter.
“We had what we thought was a reliable witness to the offense, and so sometimes, you understand that eyewitness testimony is not the most reliable,” said Law Director Greg Hicks.
“Justice has been served and he’s clear,” Renee Moore said.
Bryant’s mother is now feeling some relief.
“It’s a weight lifted off of my shoulder and a weight lifted off his shoulder,” she said.
Detectives are now trying to track down the man who actually pulled the trigger, who was pictured in surveillance photos.