A Pacific County teenager accused of killing his father has agreed to plead guilty to first-degree murder/domestic violence while armed, Pacific County Prosecutor David Burke said Monday.
Devon Moore was 16 in April 2011 when he was arrested in his South Bend home for the shooting death of Timothy Moore, 48. Timothy Moore had been listed as a missing person since Nov. 4, 2010, and information contained with the guilty plea lists the murder as having occurred on Nov. 2, 2010.
The father’s remains were discovered in a heavily forested area within Pacific County.
Devon Moore will be sentenced next month and could face more than 31 years in prison, Burke said in a news release.
“Mr. Moore has agreed to a maximum sentence for first-degree murder, plus an additional five years for being armed with a firearm,” he added.
Moore admitted to killing his father, but had asserted a mental health defense, and the case was delayed for an evaluation at Western State Hospital. Burke singled out his deputy, Mark McClain, for what he said was an “exceptional job in working with the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office and in consulting with experts from Western State Hospital.”
Moore allegedly entered his father’s room as he slept and shot him four times in the back of the head. Moore then placed his father into a garbage can, drug him into the bed of a pickup truck and transported the body to a remote area of Pacific County where he buried his father in a shallow grave, according to charging documents. Due to the seriousness of the crime, Devon Moore was charged as an adult, and Burke noted his guilty plea comes just one week before trial was to begin.
“This plea means that the Moore family finally can put this case behind them and experience a degree of closure,” Burke said.
Burke contended “there was no credible evidence to support the conclusion that Moore suffered from any disorder,” and that the plea agreement was driven by the family’s desire for finality.
“I do believe that this plea is in the interest of justice,” Burke added.
Moore’s sentencing hearing will be at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 15 in Pacific County Superior Court.