Brothers are indicted in Prothero shooting

Moores are charged with murder and robbery

April 25, 2000|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore County grand jury indicted two brothers yesterday on first-degree murder and robbery charges in the killing of a county police officer and the robbery of a Pikesville jewelry store.

Richard Antonio Moore, 29, and Wesley John Moore, 24, both of Baltimore also were indicted on assault and handgun charges in the robbery and the killing of Sgt. Bruce A. Prothero on Feb. 7.

The Moores, who are being held in the Baltimore County Detention Center, are charged with Troy White, 25, and Donald Antonio White, 19, also of Baltimore.

The four men were the target of a manhunt in February.

Prothero, a father of five, was working part time as a security guard at J. Brown Jewelers on Reisterstown Road when he was shot as he chased four suspects outside the store during a daylight robbery.

The suspects fled in two cars with more than $400,000 in jewelry and watches.

In a statement of charges filed by police in Towson District Court after the slaying, Troy White identified Richard Moore -- also known as "Tony" -- as the gunman. Moore told Troy White that he "had to shoot the man because he drew down on him," according to the statement.

Richard Moore had escaped from home detention a month before the shooting. He had been released from prison in January after serving 2 1/2 years for a drug conviction.

According to court records, he has also been charged with carrying a concealed weapon, assault, burglary, battery and resisting arrest.

Records show Wesley Moore has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, assault with intent to murder, weapons violations, drug possession and discharging a weapon in a metropolitan area.

After their arrest in Philadelphia in the Prothero killing, the Moores fought extradition to Maryland. A Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas judge ordered them returned to the state during a hearing March 20.

The Whites, who are not related, were arrested separately in Baltimore a few days after the killing. They were indicted March 6 on charges of first-degree murder, handgun violations, first-degree assault, robbery and armed robbery.

The Moores were arrested Feb. 19 when dozens of police officers raided their great-uncle's rowhouse in Philadelphia, where they had been hiding for three days.

The four suspects are being held without bail. Baltimore County prosecutors have said they might seek the death penalty against all of them.

No trial dates have been set.

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