Woman is denied bail in murder-for-hire case Her husband said to be target

February 12, 1993|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,Staff Writer

A 34-year-old Edgewood woman charged with paying an undercover police officer $7,980 to murder her estranged husband was being held without bond yesterday.

Brenda Joyce Moore of the 2200 block of Rosewood Drive was arrested Wednesday evening in the parking lot of an Edgewood convenience store on Willoughby Beach Road after turning the money over to an undercover deputy from the Harford County sheriff's office, investigators said.

The alleged murder-for-hire plot began after Mrs. Moore retired from the military in September and separated in December from her husband, Robert, who also is retired from the military, police said.

Investigators said Mrs. Moore had asked an acquaintance to find someone to kill her husband and that Mr. Moore had contacted the sheriff's office.

An undercover sheriff's deputy approached Mrs. Moore and made a deal to do the job, police said.

The deputy later met with her and convinced her that her husband had been shot and that his death was made to look like a robbery, investigators said.

Mrs. Moore then arranged to pay the deputy at the Willoughby Beach Road convenience store and did so, investigators said.

Investigators said they believe Mrs. Moore wanted to collect halher husband's pension and a substantial amount from a life insurance policy naming her as the beneficiary.

Police did not disclose the amount of that policy.

At a bail review hearing yesterday, Mrs. Moore told HarforDistrict Judge John S. Landbeck Jr. that she was set up and was not looking for anyone to kill her husband.

Judge Landbeck denied bail for Mrs. Moore, who faces a possible life sentence.

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