A police arrest affidavit spells out why officers believe a Fort Worth husband murdered his wife and then came up with a cover story, but the husband's attorney says police are leaving out a lot of important facts.
Officers found 45-year-old Larissa Easley, a Montessori school owner, dead from a gunshot wound on Jan. 31. Police subsequently arrested her husband, 47-year-old Jerry Moore, on March 6 in connection to her death.
"Either something bad happened that he's responsible for, but it's not murder; it's a lesser crime or it's a suicide or tragic accident that he's not responsible for at all," said Moore's attorney, Trey Loftin.
The arrest warrant in the case shows that police were called to the couple's home on Forest Lane just before 6 a.m. on Jan. 31 in reference to a suicide attempt. When they arrived, they saw Moore hugging Easley in their bedroom, and she appeared to have a gunshot wound to her neck.
Loftin says the warrant doesn't tell the whole story, though.
"He was a paramedic and he was doing lifesaving things to her when paramedics arrived," said Loftin. "He was holding direct pressure on her neck, screaming, ‘Dear God! Help save her!'"
Moore told police that on the day of the shooting, he and Easley were arguing in their bedroom. He said he left the bedroom and when he returned, Easley was holding a handgun that she pointed at her chest with at least one thumb on the trigger.
Moore said he tried to get the gun away from her, but that it went off, Easley fell to the ground, and the gun went off two more times.
Loftin says the affidavit doesn't point out that Easley had been diagnosed as being suicidal, and that police had been called to the couple's home before.
"Police have been out there two other times with her and a gun, saying, ‘I'm gonna kill myself or kill Jerry,'" said Loftin.
Police say in the affidavit, one shot hit Easley, another went into a box spring of the bed and a third bullet hit a seat cushion of a loveseat.
Police say the cushion had been flipped over, and one spent shell casing was in another room in a cigar box. Loftin says Moore was frantic to find his cell phone and turned over the cushion, and he picked up the shell casing after he stepped on it.
"If their whole murder case theory depends on he forgot to say he stepped on a shell casing and picked it up, that's a miserable case for them to prosecute," said Loftin.
In the affidavit, testing showed that there was a lack of gunpowder on Easley and the robe she was wearing when she was shot, and investigators said she could not have been shot at close range.
Loftin says he asked police to test Easley's hands for residue, and hasn't seen proof that those tests were ever done, or if they were, what the results might be.
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