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1/26/2020 6:26:00 AM
Hickory Man Charged With Murder
Photo Courtesy Hickory Police Department
Photo Courtesy Hickory Police Department

Hickory Police Department
Press Release

Hickory Police say a man wanted for First Degree Murder surrendered himself Sunday and was jailed without bond.  Twenty-three-year-old Jalen “Jakie”  Witherspoon  is accused in connection with a shooting incident that occurred  Thursday (Jan. 23rd). 

Thursday evening, police responded to a  residence  at 941 22nd St  NE where they found 23-year-old Andres Osvaldo Moscott’s body in the yard, apparently dead from a gunshot wound. The female who called police identified herself as the victim’s girlfriend.  She told officers  that after Moscotte left the house, she heard him engaged in a conversation with someone outside. She said she saw a stocky man wearing dark clothing and a dark colored mask covering his mouth and nose speaking to Moscotte. She then heard what sounded like an altercation outside and locked herself in a bedroom. She said she then heard at least two people enter the residence. She waited until they left, the came out of the bedroom and discovered Moscotte lying in the front yard. She also said that Moscotte’s 2006 Black Mercedes Benz ML350 was missing from the driveway. The vehicle was located a short time later as a result of a single car accident in the 1000 block of D Avenue SE. 

Police say it  appears that the suspect was familiar with the victim and targeted him for a robbery.   

Anyone who has additional information that might be relevant to the alleged murder is asked to contact the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551 or Investigator Carlos De Los Santos at (828) 261-2621 or


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