Michael Moore trial: Jury hears Moore's taped statements to investigators

BURLINGTON, Ky. - Prosecutors in Michael Moore’s murder trial played the accused killer’s taped interview with investigators in court Thursday.

Moore is accused of shooting his mother and father in their Boone County home in June 2009. 

Four years ago, Moore was in the hospital, recovering from a gunshot, when he told investigators that someone broke into the house and shot him and his parents. Investigators believe Moore shot himself to support his claim.

Moore said he was in the lowest level of the tri-level house when his parents were shot.

Investigator: “Describe what you heard.”
Moore: “The door, the door.”
Investigator: “What? The door locked?”
Moore: “No, it wasn't locked, no sir.”
Investigator: “Did you hear any beat, pounding on the door or something like that?”
Moore: “No.”

Moore has since changed his story.

He now says his father shot his mother and that his father was shot while Moore fought with him.

Defense attorneys say the fight began over Michael Moore's drug abuse and that his mother had been giving him her pain killers.

Moore’s trial  was delayed Wednesday morning because the defense asked that nearly half of the interview be removed from evidence.

The prosecution agreed, but when both sides returned to court, parts of the taped interview remained.

A judge recessed the trial so both sides could make changes to the tape.

After the trial resumed, a Kentucky State Police forensic scientific specialist testified about hair samples.

The defense went on the attack Tuesday.  Moore’s attorney tried to discredit the crime scene investigator, saying he didn’t do enough to collect evidence.

There was gruesome testimony Monday with the coroner revealing that Madge Moore was shot in the head. Photos of the victim were displayed.

The crime scene investigator said pills and pill containers were found all over the house.

In the first week of the trial, investigators spelled out how they say they believed they found a gun used in the shootings.

In opening statements,   Moore's attorney, Joann Lynch, said Michael Moore didn't shoot his mother  - his father did in a dispute over his mom's OxyContin. Lynch said Warren Moore wanted to take the pills and didn't want Madge Moore to give any more to her son.

Lynch said Michael Moore then shot his father during a struggle.

Lynch said her client lied in his original report to protect his family's reputation.

Michael Moore has been in jail since he was arrested four years ago.

During earlier hearings, Moore pleaded not guilty to murder, tampering with evidence, falsely reporting an incident and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Moore is a former Warren County Sheriff's Office deputy who made headlines in 2004 when a grand jury indicted him for taking marijuana from the evidence room and for making meth in his garage.

 

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