Daughter of slain Ga. soldier tried as juvenile

Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011 7:42 AM
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BRASELTON, Ga. -- The 15-year-old who allegedly shot and killed her mother last April inside their Braselton home was tried in Gwinnett County juvenile court last week.

The girl, whom authorities did not name because of her age, originally faced murder charges in Gwinnett County Superior Court, but prosecutors transferred the case to juvenile court last week. Her mother, 42-year-old 1st Sgt. Karen Moore, worked at the U.S. Army’s Athens recruiting office.

“We took the case through juvenile court,” said Gwinnett District Attorney Danny Porter. “That decision was based on a review of the evidence, and it was based on some psych reports that were provided by the defense.

The victim’s husband had also requested that it go through juvenile court.”

The case was resolved Wednesday, but Porter could not discuss the girl’s sentence because juvenile court records are sealed.

“It is over,” Porter said. “There won’t be other hearings on it or anything, but I just can’t talk about the resolution.”

Prosecutors believe the girl shot her mother on the evening of April 6 after they had an argument about the girl’s relationship with a 17-year-old boy.

Police did not find anything else about the 15-year-old’s relationship with her mother that would constitute a motive.

The two did not have a history of violence, and neighbors reported that they seemed to have a good relationship, Braselton’s Assistant Police Chief Lou Solis said at the time.

After the shooting, the girl waited until the following day to ask a neighbor for help, and the neighbor called 911, according to a news release Braselton police issued last week.

The girl and the 17-year-old were at the house when police and Barrow County paramedics responded to Sahale Falls Drive in The Falls of Braselton subdivision off Georgia Highway 211 on the Barrow-Gwinnett county line. Police don’t think the boyfriend had anything to do with the shooting.

They found Moore’s body on the couch, where she apparently died the day before from a gunshot to the back of the head, said Barrow County Coroner David Crosby.

The case originally was handled by Barrow County authorities but was transferred to the Gwinnett County district attorney’s office when police discovered that the Moores’ house was actually in the Gwinnett County portion of the subdivision.

The decision to try the girl in juvenile court did not come quickly or easily, Porter said.

“The facts of the case weren’t difficult, but reaching a disposition was,” Porter said. “It was pretty easy to figure out what happened, as far the facts of the case, but figuring out what we were going do it with it wasn’t easy.”


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