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Family puts court fight online

Web site says Auburn man handed wrongful verdict
By: Jenifer Gee Journal Staff Writer
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An Auburn man continues to fight his guilty verdict as his new attorney delayed sentencing and his supporters launched a Web site campaign to appeal his case. William “Billy” Moon, 24, of Auburn, will remain in custody at the Placer County Jail as his new attorney Dennis Riordan reviews transcripts of Moon’s six-week trial. Early in October, a jury found Moon guilty of second-degree murder and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated in the June 3, 2006 death of Placer High School graduate Stewart Shapton. According to prosecutors, both men were riding in a 2004 Infiniti G35 that night in June when the car launched off a hill on Bell Road just south of Hubbard Road at 103.3 mph, lost control upon landing and slammed into several oak trees lining the side of the road. Riordan told Judge Jeffrey Penney in a Roseville courtroom that assuming he could receive the transcripts in time, he would have a new trial motion ready by early in the new year. Prosecutor Stephanie Macumber asked that a firm date be set. Judge Penney said he found good cause to grant the sentencing continuance. He set a date for a new trial motion and sentencing for Feb. 19. Outside of the courtroom, Moon family members declined to speak. Macumber said she understood the new attorney’s need for more time, but was disappointed on behalf of Shapton’s family and friends. “Of course you want to minimize the anguish to the family for having to wait for this process to be complete,” Macumber said. “I understand he’s retained new counsel and he needs time to work.” Recently, a Web site was launched advocating on behalf of Moon. The site, justiceforbilly.com, claims that misinformation and lack of crucial evidence presented at the trial led to a wrongful verdict. The site also strongly criticizes Macumber. In particular, it claims intentional destruction of key DNA evidence and manipulation of witness testimony led to the unfair outcome for Moon. The site also request donations to offset the Moon family’s cost for the appeal. On Wednesday, Macumber declined to comment on the site’s content. Moon family members did not return requests for comment as of press time. Moon will appear again in Placer County Superior Court at 8:15 a.m. Feb. 19, 2009, in Dept. 44 at the Bill Santucci Justice Center in Roseville. The Journal's Jenifer Gee can be reached at jeniferg@goldcountrymedia.com or post a comment.