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Caravan Will Accompany Officer's Widow to Killer's Execution

Caravan Will Accompany Officer's Widow to Killer's Execution

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The Dallas Morning News via YellowBrix

January 07, 2010

Witnesses said Mosley was behaving strangely, breathing loudly and almost growling as he was standing there. Several employees had recognized him as the man who previously robbed the bank.

Moore came up behind Mosley and asked him to show his hands. A scuffle ensued, during which Mosley pulled a gun from his pocket and the two men crashed through a window.

Five shots rang out and Moore, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, never got up. Mosley was trying to run away from the bank when another Garland officer shot him in the wrist. He was taken into custody without incident.

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Moore was airlifted to Baylor University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. He was 32 years old and had served nearly 10 years on the Garland force.

At a weeklong trial later that year, Mosley would argue that he was simply trying to hand over his gun when it fired five times. The shooting was accidental, he insisted.

But the jury didn’t buy it and found him guilty of capital murder after deliberating only 45 minutes. It took half an hour to decide on the death penalty.

Jason January, the Dallas County prosecutor in the case, recalled watching the bank’s videotape of the skirmish and said what happened was as clear as day.

“The officer gave Mosley every chance to give up peacefully,” said January, who is now in private practice. “David Moore was as professional as he could be.”

That memory makes it easier to accept Mosley’s execution by the state, January said.

“If I was a family member watching Mosley die, I would be thinking about the terrible thing that he did to a police officer,” he said. “It didn’t have to happen that way.”

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