Trial continues for son accused of parents' murder

BURLINGTON, KY (FOX19) - A man's fate is one day closer of being determined.

The Michael Moore trial continues after the prosecution rested its case and the judge determined that the case would continue despite a plea for charges to be dropped due to a lack of evidence on Thursday.

Moore, a former Warren County Sheriff's Deputy, is charged with killing his mother and father in 2009.

Thursday, September 19 marks week three of the trial, which is expected to last more than a month.

Several key individuals took the stand, including a doctor to help determine if the wounds that Moore had at time of the incident were self-inflicted, and a friend of Moore's mother.

It is still to be determined if Moore will take the stand in the next few weeks.

Trial Chronology

The opening statements were made last September 5 to reflect a three year investigation of Moore, 43,  and the alleged murder of his parents, Warren and Madge Moore, at their Union, KY home.

A trauma surgeon from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and a forensic expert testified during day seven of Michael Moore's trial.

The opening statements were made last Thursday to reflect a three year investigation of Moore, 43,  and the alleged murder of his parents, Warren and Madge Moore, at their Union, KY home.

Moore has claimed self-defense in the fatal shooting.

The prosecution opened by reading the charges and stating their belief that Moore was on a drug binge at an area motel the day before the incident. They added that Moore was "leeching" off of everyone, including his parents.

"Mike Moore was a man living in two worlds.  On June 12, 2009, those worlds collided.  The result was the violence that took the lives of Madge and Warren Moore," said Jason Hiltz, assistant Commonwealth's attorney.

Moore's attorney, Joanne Lynch, said the shooting was an act of self defense, and Moore made up the story to protect himself and his family.

Moore originally told investigators immediately after the shootings that an anonymous intruder killed his parents.

"He couldn't tell what had happened in that house. It was too horrible. It was too embarrassing," said Lynch.

Moore's 911 call was played and shown through transcripts in court:

Operator: "Boone county 911."

Moore: "Yes ma'am, I've just been shot, and so have my parents."

Operator: "You've been shot?"

Moore: "Yes, ma'am."

Operator: "Where have you been shot at?"

Moore: "In, In my leg."

Operator: "Who shot you?"

Moore: "I don't know."

Moore's attorney said he heard an argument between his parents over Madge's Oxycontin pills she took for some health problems, which she apparently shared with Moore.  That's when they claim Moore heard a "pop," and then the sound of something hitting the floor.

Lynch said Moore then found his mother on the floor, and he apparently got into a confrontation with his father. The defense said his father shot Moore in the groin, before allegedly wrestling the gun away from his father and shooting him twice.

On the second day of the trial, two neighbors were called to the stand to testify about what they heard that night. One neighbor, Heather Harper, told the court she heard two popping noises, followed by a third a minute later.

Jurors heard from Boone County Detective Matt Mullins during day six of the trial who interviewed Moore the day of the murders and again the next day.

Detective: What kind of relationship did you have with your dad?

Moore: Outstanding with both of my parents.

Detective: Ok.

Moore: Actually since I've come back it's gotten better.

Detective: Has there been... Have you and your dad had any arguments lately about anything?

Moore: No sir.

Detective: Nothing?

Moore: Nothing.

A forensic expert took the stand on day seven in court and answered questions about the gun and bullets found at the scene.

He is facing murder, tampering with evidence, falsely reporting an incident and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon charges. In January, Judge Anthony Frohlich agreed to let Moore serve as co-counsel in the trial.

Moore said he has confidence in his attorneys, but he wants to have a say in what happens during his trial. He is a former Warren County Sheriff's Deputy, but doesn't have any other experience in criminal justice.

The trial could last up to seven weeks.

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