Courts delay two local murder cases

Don Moore faces mental evaluation; Ronald Moore’s trial set for March

— One of Okanogan County’s murder defendants is undergoing a mental evaluation at Eastern State Hospital and another remains under medical care at the Airway Heights Corrections Center.

Trials for both men have been postponed.

Don Arthur Moore, 65, is at Eastern State Hospital in Medical Lake.

The Riverside resident was charged April 24 in Okanogan County Superior Court with first-degree murder in the April 20 shooting and stabbing death of Bruce R. Molony.

A review hearing was planned for Nov. 12.

An Oct. 1 trial date was stricken earlier.

Don Moore called the Sheriff’s Office at 4:13 p.m. April 20 to report the incident. He reported he had been stabbed and that the person who stabbed him was dead after being shot and stabbed.

He was arrested at Molony’s home on Foggy River Loop Road near Riverside and booked into the county jail. Bail was set at $1 million.

Moore had previously reported several items missing from his home at 30007 U.S. Highway 97, Riverside, and that he suspected Molony of taking them.

He later allegedly discovered a clutch missing from a truck and confronted Molony, who allegedly came after Moore with a knife, court documents show.

Moore allegedly responded by pulling out a .22-caliber pistol. Molony was shot eight times and stabbed eight times, an initial autopsy report showed.

The suspect was treated at Mid-Valley Hospital and then taken to jail. He later was sent to Medical Lake for an evaluation.

In an unrelated case, Ronald Eugene Moore, 31, is recovering from a gunshot wound suffered in March as the county Special Response Team attempted to rescue Ronald Moore’s father, Raymond E. Moore, 62, from their rural Okanogan home.

The Special Response Team found Raymond Moore dead. Ronald Moore allegedly pointed a gun at deputies.

Ronald Moore was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center and later transferred to the Airway Heights facility.

He was charged March 26 with murder, theft of a firearm, two counts of second-degree assault with a deadly weapon and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

Bail was set at $1 million.

Ronald Moore’s first-degree murder trial had been scheduled for late October, but has been moved to March 4, 2014.

In a third death-related case involving a defendant with the last name of Moore, Omak resident Michael Martin Moore, 30, pleaded guilty Sept. 6 to vehicular homicide in the April 28 death of a passenger in a vehicle Michael Moore was driving.

Ryan L. Porter, 21, Omak, died in the crash on Rodeo Trail Road.

Michael Moore was sentenced to 41 months in prison.


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