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Moore murder trial delayed

Murder defendant Don Arthur Moore’s trial has been postponed until February.

Moore, 65, is charged in Okanogan County Superior Court with the April 20, 2013, shooting and stabbing death of Bruce R. Molony of Riverside.

An Oct. 1 trial date was stricken earlier, and Moore was sent to Eastern State Hospital in Medical Lake for evaluation.

His trial now is set for Feb. 4.

He has a new public defense attorney, too. Brian Gwinn, who had been assigned to his case, is going to Grant County. His new attorney is Melissa MacDougall.

The Riverside resident was charged April 24 with first-degree murder in Molony’s death.

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 that day at Molony’s home on Foggy River Loop Road near Riverside and booked into the county jail. Bail was set at $1 million; he remains incarcerated.

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.

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