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Man indicted in girlfriend's strangling death

Photo by Heather Middleton

Photo by Heather Middleton

By Kathy Jefcoats

kjefcoats@news-daily.com

A College Park man who took to the airways last July to beg his missing girlfriend and mother of his child to come home, was indicted Wednesday on charges he killed her, and dumped her body behind a cemetery.

Errol Alexis Moore Jr., 20, faces a 10-count indictment in connection with the strangling death, on July 15, of Janell Aaron, 20. The indictment alleges Moore strangled Aaron during an argument over her cell phone.

After Aaron lost consciousness and dropped to the floor, prosecutors allege Moore wrapped her in two comforters and put her inside a blue plastic container. He then allegedly dumped the container in the woods behind Sherwood Memorial Cemetery.

The indictments allege Moore used Aaron's cell phone to send text messages, as if from her, to create the illusion that she was alive. Prosecutors also said Moore put items belonging to the couple's baby girl in front of the front door of their apartment -- another ruse to make people believe Aaron was alive.

Moore used local media to plead for Aaron's safe return, telling reporters he was caring for their baby, who was 5 months old, and just wanted Aaron back home.

In August, management at the Poplar Springs Apartments hired a cleaning firm to work in the unit the couple had shared. Workers reported a foul odor and possible blood under the carpet. A sample was sent to the GBI Crime Lab for DNA testing and came back positive as a match to Aaron, the criminal warrants allege.

Police interviewed Moore again in October and he allegedly admitted to killing Aaron and disposing of her body. He is being held on $200,000 bond in the Clayton County Jail.

In other indictments, a Forest Park couple faces 19 charges in connection with the May 2010 beating death of their 3-year-old daughter. Alejandro Martinez-Huitron, 30, and Margarita Gomez, 25, are being held without bond in the Clayton County Jail. Court records allege the two displayed a pattern of abuse and neglect of their daughter, Esmerelda Gomez, in the months leading up to her death.

Police said the two took the child to Hughes Spalding Children's Hospital, in May 2010, telling doctors she fell out of the bed. But doctors said her injuries -- blows to the front and back of her head and whiplash -- were inconsistent with a fall and more consistent with Shaken Baby Syndrome. An examination of the child showed new and healing bone fractures in her body and skull. The child died of her injuries.

Police said witnesses told them the child and her 10-month-old brother, Joseph, were routinely mistreated and neglected. The daughter was reportedly locked alone in a closet for hours, was unhappy and wore long sleeves and pants year-round. The couple is also accused of giving away their son at least twice.

In other action, two men serving sentences on other cases were also indicted Wednesday, on charges they shot and killed a man July 23, 2008, during a home burglary in Riverdale. Nahshon Lamar Lamont Rashad Minor, 25, and Alan Michael Hudson, 20, face a 16-count indictment in connection with the death of Anthony Wroten, 30.

Police said the two men kicked in the back door of Wroten's home with the intent to rob him. Finding Wroten inside, the men shot him, police said. Wroten was shot in the head, torso, both arms and right leg.

Minor began serving a one-year sentence May 26 on a Clayton County theft case. Hudson is in the Fayette County Jail on a five-year sentence for burglary.