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02-09-2008, 05:49
One of Mississippi's finest citizens is being railroaded again, but it looks like he may get off:

Sharrod Ray Moore’s age at the time of Jackson police officer Robert Washington’s slaying will keep him from facing the death penalty, if convicted in the case, his attorney said Friday.

“The problem is that people have his age wrong,” said attorney Chuck Mullins, who was appointed Moore’s attorney Friday during his arraignment on a capital murder charge.
Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith said Washington’s widow had asked that the death penalty be sought.

Officer Washington was found Nov. 15, 1995, shot multiple times in the head in a field off Whiting Road and U.S. 80 in west Jackson.

Police accuse Moore, 32, of being a serial killer, having allegedly killed seven people, including Washington, in three separate shootings. However, he has been convicted of killing only two people and is in prison now.

Mullins said he alerted the district attorney’s office that Moore was one month shy of his 18th birthday when Washington was killed in 1995.

Based on a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, a person has to be at least 18 at the time of the offense to face the death penalty.

Hinds County Circuit Court records list Moore’s birthday as Dec. 9, 1975. His correct birthdate, according to his attorney, is Dec. 9, 1977, which is reflected in Mississippi Department of Corrections records.

During his two-minute arraignment Friday in Washington’s slaying, Moore pleaded not guilty in Hinds County Circuit Court to killing Washington.

In another development, a man with a lengthy police record has been charged as an accessory in Washington’s killing and Mullins speculates the defendant might agree to a plea deal and testify against Moore.

Shawn Burton, 36, was indicted the same time as Moore.

Washington’s widow had appealed to the public for help for years in finding her husband’s killer. More than $10,000 in reward money had been offered for information leading to an arrest.

Mary Washington has been unable to get benefits because there have been questions surrounding her husband’s death. The U.S. Department of Justice had withheld more than $100,000 in benefits because the office had believed Washington contributed to his own death. But Jackson police had concluded he was killed in the line of duty.

Mary Washington hopes with the arrest of Moore she will finally get benefits for herself and the couple’s now 19 year-old son.
“I haven’t filed a (renewed) request yet,” said Mary Washington, whose initial request was denied in 1998. “I am waiting to find out exactly what needs to be done.”

Police won’t say what new evidence led to Moore’s arrest in the cold case.

Moore’s mother, Linda Moore, said late Friday via telephone, “Sharrod hasn’t done nothing. It’s going to come out. The boy didn’t do nothing.”

Linda Moore said her son is being railroaded.

Former Jackson Police Chief Robert Johnson, who was in office when Washington was killed, said Friday that Moore was developed as one of the potential suspects from day one, but there was insufficient evidence to charge him.

“There was scant physical evidence and some witness statements, but none of them was reliable,” Johnson said. “Barring any new evidence, I just have a little worry that this guy could beat the rap. ... I just have a big fear. Lord knows, I hope I’m wrong.”

During the 1990s, Burton was charged with receiving stolen goods, house burglary, motor vehicle theft and armed robbery of a Jitney Jungle store. The majority of the charges were dismissed or remanded to file.

In 1994, Burton pleaded guilty to grand larceny and was sentenced to five years in prison.

In 2000, Burton was sentenced in federal court to 105 months in prison on a weapons charge under Operation Ceasefire, a federal program intended to imprison felons caught with weapons.

Burton was released in May 2007.

Moore is being held in a maximum security unit at the South Mississippi Correctional Institution in Greene County.

No trial date was set Friday by Circuit Judge Swan Yerger for Moore’s trial. Mullins said his next move will be to file a discovery motion to see the prosecution’s evidence.

During a news conference last week, authorities said JPD and others had worked on the case for months, leading to the indictment against Moore.

Mullins has raised concerns about the news conference called before his client was served with the indictment.

“That’s a no-no,” Mullins said.

State law says it’s a $200 fine for violating the statute.

It is left up to the district attorney to pursue any charges, but Smith took part in the news conference.

Smith has said he didn’t call the news conference and doesn’t know exactly what time Moore was arrested by MDOC.

But during the news conference, officials said they were looking for Moore.

Moore turned himself in to the MDOC probation office after being told to come down to the office because of a possible parole violation.

Moore had been on supervised release since October. He pleaded guilty in November 2005 to two counts of manslaughter and was sentenced to 15 years on each count in the 1996 killings of Samuel King, 68, and Mary Donaldson, 63.

The owners of the Morocco Club on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Jackson were killed during a botched robbery. The sentences were concurrent.

Charges were dropped in the other four slayings for lack of evidence. Four men were shot and killed at a Jackson duplex in 1998.
Maybe he will get out in time to vote . . .

02-09-2008, 06:08
gack. ain't hung him YET?

he shoots folks, right? kinda habitual like?

am i missing something here?

02-10-2008, 09:19
We need to start using the death penalty. Actually need to put in a express line. Just because someone is under 18 does not mean they dont know right and wrong. No one gives a #$%^ about the victims. They did not get a appeal when these POS's were killing them.

02-11-2008, 06:09
gack. ain't hung him YET?

he shoots folks, right? kinda habitual like?

am i missing something here?Mississippi is becoming "enlightened"---similar to California, New York, Massachusetts, and other states.

We're not quite there yet, but we're "movin' on up".

02-11-2008, 12:07
"The boy didn’t do nothing.”

That's right, he did something.