WASHINGTON COUNTY — A 40-year-old Wright City, Missouri woman will go to trial Monday in Washington County court on charges she shot at Centralia and Wamac police during a high-speed pursuit over the summer. The alleged driver of the vehicle, however, requested and received a continuance in his case on related charges.
Maria Moore is accused of shooting at officers from the sunroof of a car being driven by 40-year-old Jared Queen, of St. Clair, Missouri, as he fired at officers from the driver’s window during a pursuit in July 2019 that started in Centralia and continued for more than 30 minutes and through multiple jurisdictions before ending in Coulterville, in Randolph County, Illinois.
Earlier in the week Queen’s defense rejected a state motion to consolidate the two cases and have Queen and Moore together, as they share almost all the same facts and circumstances.
Moore’s defense agreed with the motion to be tried along with Queen but the court denied the state’s motion based upon Queen’s objection.
He’s now scheduled for a December 20 pretrial hearing in his case, while Moore remains scheduled for a Monday jury trial.
Both are charged with Class X felony attempted first-degree murder, and five counts Class X felony counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm at a peace officer.
Moore is also facing two Class 3 felony counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, and misdemeanor charges of reckless conduct and resisting a peace officer.
Queen is also facing Class X armed violence, Class 2 and Class 3 felony charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm, Class 4 felony aggravated fleeing, and misdemeanor charges of reckless conduct and resisting a peace officer.