State to seek death penalty in Asheville-area slayings
Written by Jon Ostendorff
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SYLVA — Prosecutors will seek the death penalty against a Jackson County man charged will killing his wife and her friend inside a home they had shared.
Matthew Wayne Moore, 23, is charged with first-degree murder in the May slaying of Melody Nicole Conger, 20, and Kevin Shawn Frady, 25.
They were shot a combined total of eight times inside a home in the Sunrise Park neighborhood.
Moore turned himself into police in Easley, S.C., hours later.
The couple was shot hours after Conger got a domestic violence restraining order against her husband, according to court papers.
She was the first to be shot. Frady was shot when he went into the home after hearing gunshots.
Assistant District Attorney Jim Moore said during a court hearing on Wednesday that the state can prove seven aggravating factors that make execution a suitable punishment in the case.
-- Moore killed Frady while fleeing arrest for the killing of Conger.
-- Conger was a witness in a case against Moore.
-- The slayings were particularly cruel.
-- The slayings were part of a course of violent conduct.
Superior Court Judge Bradley Letts approved the state’s motion to seek the death penalty.
Matthew Moore’s defense attorney, Randal Seago, said he would notify the capital defenders office of the decision. Moore will get two attorneys, as required by law in death penalty cases.
Seago asked the court to set bond for his client, saying Moore had spent his life in Jackson County, had cooperated with police in the case and wasn’t likely to flee.
He noted that Moore turned himself into to police in South Carolina.
Seago called Moore’s father as a witness in the bond hearing.
Richard Wayne Moore said his son had lived in Jackson County since he was about a year old. He left for the military but was discharged after three months because of a knee injury.
He came back was living about 12 miles from his family home. He has two daughters. His father said he had been paying Moore’s bills, including child support.
Seago said Moore’s willingness to cooperate shows he won’t flee.
“This is a case where it would be in the interest of justice for the court to set bond in an amount to insure his return,” he said.
Jim Moore, the assistant prosecutor, disagreed. He said first-degree murder is the most serious crime and the death penalty the most serious punishment.
“Therefore, there is no greater reason for somebody not to return should they be released on bond,” he said.
The judge denied bond.
After the hearing, Seago said the state was “overreaching” on the aggravating factors it listed in seeking the death penalty.
He said there was no evidence that Conger was a witness in any pending case against her estranged husband and he took issue with the state saying his client killed Frady while trying to flee arrest for the killing of Conger.
The shootings happened moments apart and before police were called, he said.
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A Jackson County man charged in a double murder could get the death penalty if he's convicted.
Wednesday, July 13 2011, 11:17 AM EDT
23 yr. old Matthew Moore is accused in the shooting deaths of his wife, Melody Conger, and her friend, Kevin Frady, on May 13th. According to warrants, neighbors told investigators they heard screams coming from Conger's mobile home on Sunrise Park in Sylva around two o'clock in the morning. Later that morning, Conger took out a protective order against Moore. And by early afternoon, Conger and Frady were dead. Moore was arrested several hours later in South Carolina.
Today in court, prosecutors told the judge they would seek the death penalty in the case. Moore's attorneys also asked that he be granted bail, but the judge denied that request.
Moore's next court appearance is set for September 28th.
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Sylva homicide suspect apprehended in S.C.
Thursday, 19 May 2011
Written by Davin Eldridge - Staff Writer
A man suspected of killing his estranged wife and another man in Sylva was arrested in South Carolina.
On Friday, at approximately 1:15 p.m., officers with the Sylva Police Department responded to a shooting at the Sunrise Park neighborhood in Sylva. Upon arrival they found the bodies of Melody Nicole Conger, 20, and Kevin Shawn Frady, 25, who had been shot to death. Conger and Frady were both residents of Sylva.
According to a statement by SPD detective Jenni Rumsey, the suspect, 23-year-old Matthew Wayne Moore turned himself into the Easley Police Department in South Carolina at 7:40 p.m. later that evening. Moore has been charged with two counts of murder and is being held in the Jackson County Jail without bond.
Members of the SPD, the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation and the District Attorney’s office then went to question Moore about the incident. Moore reportedly waived extradition and was transported back to Sylva. His court date is set for June 1.
On the morning of the shooting, Conger took out a restraining order against Moore, alleging that that he was physically abusive. The warrant also further alleged that because of Moore’s destructive tendencies, he and Conger’s four-month-old child was at risk of emotional trauma, citing a recent violent incident in a local store parking lot. After the incident, the child was reportedly taken into Department of Social Services custody.
Shortly after the incident occurred, police officials reportedly secured the area and found Moore’s four-monthold child outside of a nearby residence. Medical personnel evaluated the child and determined that it had not been injured.
The incident was initially reported by a frantic 9-1-1 caller, who indicated in a recording of the call that he witnessed Moore shoot the victims.
“He shot ... he shot them both ... it was Matt Moore,” said the caller, who was unable to tell dispatch where the victims were shot, but did indicate that after the incident Moore immediately fled the scene in a vehicle. When asked if anybody else was injured in the incident, the caller replied, “I think they’re dead.”
N.C. double-murder suspect arrested in South Carolina
Updated Saturday, May 14, 2011
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
SYLVA, N.C. —A suspect accused of fatally shooting his estranged wife and another man in Sylva, N.C., on Friday walked into the Easley Police Department a few hours later.
Matthew Wayne Moore, 23, “approached an officer in the lobby of the department and stated that he had shot two people” in Sylva on Friday morning, according to a statement released Saturday by Easley police Maj. Tim Tollison.
After confirming that arrest warrants had been issued charging Moore with two counts of first-degree murder, he was taken into custody around 7:30 p.m., Tollison said.
Moore waived extradition and was turned over to Sylva police detectives approximately three hours later, Tollison said.
Moore is charged in the deaths of his estranged wife, Melody Conger, 20, and Kevin Frady, 25.
Conger was killed just hours after she obtained a restraining order against Moore. She told a judge Friday morning that Moore had beaten her. She also said Moore threatened to commit suicide if she left him.
The couple’s four-month-old daughter was found unharmed near where the shooting happened.
Sylva, a town with a population of nearly 2,500 people near the eastern entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is about 85 miles northwest of Easley.
Moore’s vehicle was found in the parking lot of Advanced Auto on Calhoun Memorial Highway in Easley, Tollison said.
Photos : 1. The murderer Matthew Wayne Moore
2. The victims Melody Nicole Conger and Kevin Shawn Frady
Rest in Peace Melody Nicole And Kevin Shawn
God bless you