Murder plot trial to begin for woman Estranged spouse was alleged target HARFORD COUNTY

September 19, 1993|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,Staff Writer

A 35-year-old Edgewood woman who allegedly agreed to pay $8,000 to have her estranged husband killed is scheduled to go on trial Wednesday before a Harford Circuit Court jury.

Brenda Joyce Moore was arrested Feb. 11 in a parking lot outside an Edgewood convenience store after allegedly paying an undercover police officer she believed had completed the job of murdering Robert Lee Moore, police said.

Court and police records say Mr. Moore had contacted sheriff's deputies Feb. 8, saying his wife was trying to hire someone to kill him.

An investigation by detectives from the Harford County Sheriff's Office led them to Fred Mouton. Police said he told them Mrs. Moore had asked him to kill her husband or find someone who would.

Police said Mr. Mouton agreed to introduce the undercover officer to Mrs. Moore.

During their conversation, prosecutors contend, Mrs. Moore and the undercover officer spoke about "baking a cake." They claim that phrase was a code for murdering her husband.

In that taped conversation, prosecutors claim, Mrs. Moore said the "ingredients would cost $8,000."

Detectives went to Mrs. Moore's home in the 2200 block of Rosewood Drive on Feb. 11 and told her that her husband had been shot during an apparent robbery attempt.

Later that evening, the undercover officer contacted Mrs. Moore for his payment. Police said she agreed to meet him at the convenience store.

Once the money was paid, Mrs. Moore was taken into custody, police said.

She was indicted by a Harford grand jury April 21, charged with solicitation to commit murder.

Assistant State's Attorney Elizabeth Bowen said the maximum sentence is life in prison. The trial is expected to continue for three or four days.

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