Defendant William Moyer thinks about the future

The Shenandoah Trials: Waiting for a verdict from Gustavo Martinez on Vimeo.

The family of former lieutenant William Moyer hasn’t missed a single day of trial against him. His wife and two children were always on the front row and his sister silently stared at almost everything that what went on during the last two and a half weeks of proceedings. And it’s almost because when prosecutor Myesha Braden was delivering her closing statement, Moyer’s sister covered her ears and bent forward in her seat like a figure anticipating the crash in those safety cards on planes.

It is hard to detach oneself from the scene. It is hard to keep one’s thoughts from venturing as to what will be. As it was made public in the trial, some time ago another of the Moyers committed suicide and now one more is facing some 30 years in prison. My thoughts are with the family. But my thoughts are also with the victim’s family. I’m no one to judge. The jury will weigh the evidence and determine if Moyer is guilty or not. I ask you not to get me wrong; this is by no means a letter of support. When you’re next to someone who’s life is soon to change, you got to give a thought about it.

Yesterday, as the jury deliberated, I ran into him talking to reporters outside the Max Rosenn US Courthouse in this city. Here’s a little video I shot of that.


About Gustavo Martínez Contreras

was born in Texas, brewed in Mexico City, seasoned in the Mexico-United States border, aged walking the streets of Philadelphia. He had a short-lived stint eating grits, fried chicken, and peaches in Atlanta. He later became a béisbol writer for El Diario de Nueva York. He has written about immigrant communities in English, Spanish, and some Spanglish. Although he does not have a shelf full of awards, Gustavo has received thank you notes and hugs from people who have trusted him with their stories. His work has appeared in Voices of New York, El Diario/La Prensa, Dallas’ Al Día, The Philadelphia Public School Notebook, Philadelphia Weekly, Radio Bilingüe, Latina Lista,, among others. He is currently pursuing a master's degree at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
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