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October 23rd, 2008, 08:51 PM
Divorce is tough. It's messy, emotional, financially draining, and it takes a a lot out of one's pride. But it isn't a free pass to murder.
John R. Moore III and his wife were in the middle of a messy divorce. Last week they spent some time in court trying to work out child custody issues. His case probably wasn't helped by the protective order his wife had in place against him. Seems anger was just part of his personality. A little idiosyncracy, I guess. John wasn't dealing with the divorce as well as Laurie, apparently. Friday night her boyfriend, Steven Morris, drove 3 hours to see her, and he spent the night. Saturday morning, John Moore walked right though that protective order and shot Steven Morris, killing him.
At least Laurie got the kids out of the room beforehand.
Police arrested him the next morning in his apartment.
Bad week in Bloomington.
Story here (http://www.wthr.com/Global/story.asp?S=9202574&nav=menu188_2_5).
October 23rd, 2008, 09:07 PM
According to the probable cause affidavit, Morris was in an upstairs bedroom with Moore’s estranged wife. Moore began repeatedly telling his estranged wife to take their child out of the home. In the report, the estranged wife and Morris asked Moore not to do anything. Soon Moore “reached behind himself in the area of the small of his back and presented a black with brown handled gun,” according to the affidavit.
The estranged wife left the room, got the child and began to go downstairs. According to the affidavit, she heard noises which she believed was Moore beating Morris. The woman told police she glanced back into the bedroom where she saw Steven Morris sitting on the floor next to the bed and John Moore standing over him holding Steve down with his hand in Steven’s neck area.
The woman went downstairs where she dialed 911. While on the phone with a dispatcher, she heard “4 to 5 gunshots” before seeing Moore pull out of the drive.
Police searched for Moore for more than 12 hours after the murder was reported. The affidavit states that Moore was taken into custody when he walked into his apartment. Officers were waiting inside after serving a search warrant on the home.
Moore’s estranged wife filed for a protective order on Sept. 15. According to court records, the woman reported eight incidents which she used as a basis for the order. The first incident reportedly occurred July 31 when the woman came home to find Moore inside the darkened home.
“He said he had considered beating me badly enough in front of our children to put me in the hospital,” she wrote in the report.
On Aug. 9, she said Moore had gone to Lafayette with a “bag of items with which to cause physical harm,” she wrote. It states that Moore admitted to his estranged wife that he’d driven to Lafayette and the Purdue campus where he “staked out workplace & apt of Dr. Steven Morris,” she wrote.
The estranged wife stated that she’d become so afraid that she’d instructed their child to call 911 “if his father ever forces his way inside the home & I am not able to get him to leave, or he is hurting me. He has threatened to tie me up, throw me in the backseat of his car, & take me ‘wherever,’” she wrote.
This is from the local paper, The Herald Times. I wuold post a link, but you need a paid subscription to read it.
October 24th, 2008, 12:36 AM
That's never a good combination.
Just my luck sucks
October 24th, 2008, 11:13 AM
The creases in his forehead look like horns! Fitting.
October 24th, 2008, 11:19 AM
What a sad story. This women was probably so glad to meet someone she is happy with and looking forward to starting a new life. Now, she has two traumatized kids and no new man to start fresh....sucks bad.
She'll need a lot of support getting through this one.
October 24th, 2008, 11:38 AM
Well, he won't have to worry about that custody problem now. Thank God she and the kids are safe. RIP Steven.
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