Saturday, January 09, 2010

It took 13 years, but Justice was served in Texas

It took a while, but there's finally closure in the case of the cowardly cop-killer, Kenneth Mosley.
HUNTSVILLE, Texas – In the end, Sheila Moore decided to witness the execution of her husband's killer – just in case, she said, he wanted to ask for forgiveness.

He didn't, and at 6:16 p.m. Thursday, Kenneth Mosley was pronounced dead, the first person executed in the state this year and the 448th since 1982, when Texas began using lethal injections.

Mosley was convicted of fatally shooting Garland police Officer Michael "David" Moore during a failed bank robbery on Feb. 15, 1997.

"While earthly justice was served, it does not change what happened almost 13 years ago," his widow said in a statement read by her brother about 15 minutes after Mosley died.

"There will always be an empty place in our hearts for our husband, father and friend. We pray for healing for everyone involved."

Moore had been hesitant about the death penalty since Mosley was convicted and given the punishment.

Yet, when the time came, she stood silently behind Garland Capt. Bill Cortez and watched as the state executed the 51-year-old Mesquite man.

When Mosley was asked if he wanted to make a statement to the people gathered to witness his death, he shook his head and mouthed the word, "No."

He never looked at the dozen or so people standing behind a transparent screen, a few feet from his face.

Wearing black-framed glasses and with his arms and chest strapped to a gurney, Mosley remained silent and kept his eyes mostly closed as he seemed to wait for the drugs to take effect. It took less than 15 minutes.

Moore's three children also made the trip but did not witness the execution.

The youngest, Zachary, was 9 months old when his father died at the age of 32. Moore wanted her son, now 13, to be part of the police vigil outside the prison walls so he would have a memory related to his father.

"At least he'll have that," she said before the family traveled to Huntsville.

The last time Mosley confronted the Moore family was at his trial in November 1997. He had lashed out at them in an expletive-filled rant during the punishment phase of his trial.

From the witness stand, he also chastised the jury for finding him guilty of capital murder.

Mosley, who shot Moore five times, said that the shooting was accidental and that he was simply trying to hand over his gun to the officer. "I never knew that gun had went off," he testified.

"The Moore family, all they wanted is somebody they think slaughtered their loved one to die. All they wanted was a conviction."

Mosley's legal team spent nearly 13 years going through the appeals process. His execution was postponed twice last year.

Shortly before 6 p.m. Thursday, his appeals were declared exhausted, allowing the execution to proceed.

Mosley's last meal, served at 4 p.m., was an assortment of fried foods, including three pieces of chicken, two pork chops, a cheeseburger, 10 pieces of bacon, French fries, okra, green tomatoes and apple cobbler.

He was placed on "death watch" Tuesday, a 72-hour period during which he was monitored every 15 minutes by prison guards.

Prison officials offered a snapshot of Mosley's activities during that period, which included sleeping, reading, pacing his cell and showering.

He saw his last visitor, who was not identified, on Tuesday for a five-hour visit that included lunch.

Cortez said he was surprised that the execution occurred so quietly and with no expression of pain from Mosley.

"It seemed just too easy, too easy of a punishment," the Garland officer said.

Matt Leigeber said his sister, Sheila Moore, and her children have gone through "an emotional roller coaster" waiting for the execution.

They were too emotional to talk Thursday, he said.

"It's been a rough 13 years for everybody involved," Leigeber said.

"We lost a husband, a father and a friend, but also a policeman and a Marine."
When the lowest of the low in our society murders one of our finest, there really can be only one response from society. It's good to see that the courts in Texas understand this concept. It's also good to see the law-enforcement community standing together with the family of Officer Moore throughout this long and traumatizing saga. That says a lot about the law enforcement culture and the concept of the police "family". Kudos also to the Dallas News for not giving us a sob story about this cretin like these losers from Scotland who set up a pro-Mosley website and a fund to make Mosley's prison stay more comfortable. I've enjoyed e-mailing them and rubbing their noses in the fact that their little pet caged monster has finally been put down. Feel free to join me. :-)


  1. The sad part is that 13 years is light speed when it comes to the death penalty. God Bless Texas. More importantly God Bless the Moore Family.

  2. What a sorry piece of s%$*! Glad he's out of that family's misery. I have no explaination for the idiots in Scotland other than they are sorry POS's too!! Good riddance to them all!!

  3. Garland Cop12:36 PM

    Thank you for posting about this incident. Officer Moore was an officer at my department and he will be missed.

    For those in Scotland or any other place that may weep for the convicted murderer Kenneth Mosley, here are HIS last words during his testimony during his trial:

    "The Garland Police Department, all they wanted was another nigger to die. The Moore family, all they wanted is sombody they think slaughtered their loved one to die. All they wanted was a conviction. So to all of you people, I say fuck you in your ass. You can kiss my mother fucking ass. I didn't do what you said. Fuck y'all."

    Does that sound like someone who deserves mercy and compassion?

  4. From a fiscal point of view, toss them into a prison and throwing away the key is the cheapest option.
    However, there is no doubt that the punishment here fit the crime. Regardless of what a bunch of Scottish pantywaists might think..

  5. At least one Texas newspaper gets it. The editor of the Houston Chronicle is married to the head of an anti-death penalty activist group... guess which slant is taken in the Houston Urinal's articles about the ultimate justice? Their "portraits" of recent scumbags slated for execution in Huntsville have been gag inducing. A local news blog calls those articles "Chron Eye for the Death Guy" for the "extreme makeovers" and apologies the paper offers for these scumbags. Still, Harris County juries see through crap like that, and make the most liberal use of capital punishment in the entire state of Texas. And that is saying something.

    Hope you and Loverdog have a great 2010!!


  6. Unbelievable. The gun did not go off by itself 5 times. How sick those people are to give aid to vermin like that. In my mind they are no better than the vermin.

  7. I went over to that site to post a comment but was informed the page is 'under construction'. I guess that means they're not interested in hearing from anyone who differs with their view of this murderer.

    Particularly galling was this from their home page:

    "Death row prisoners’ families suffer terribly the anguish of years of appeals and the knowledge of an ever closer "date." Along with this, particularly where there are young children, is the hardship that results from the loss of the breadwinner. This causes great distress to all concerned."

    No mention of the how the officer's family suffered anguish on the sudden loss of their loved one. This officers family didn't have 13 years to prepare for his death. No appeals for donations to a family that lost it's
    'breadwinner'. He had young children as well but that hardly matters.

    No matter how many times I see this kind of thing it still completely pisses me off.

  8. There was actually a website to support this murderous bastard?!? ugh!

    I am glad he is dead!!

  9. Garland Cop:

    First off, I am so sorry you lost a fellow officer and brother so close to you.
    You are right - this man deserved no mercy and no compassion. His own words proved just how evil he really was and that there was no remorse for what he had done. May he burn in hell!!

  10. I have access to a room full of guns with ammo and would have happily volunteered to expend one round gratis.