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Quandala Nicole Kilgore is tearful as she makes her first appearance Wednesday afternoon in Clayton County Magistrate Court. She is charged with murder.
JONESBORO — An Atlanta woman sobbed Wednesday afternoon and told a Clayton County Magistrate Court judge she’d rather be charged with prostitution than murder.
Quandala Nicole Kilgore, 21, was arrested Tuesday and charged with the Aug. 2 shooting that killed Tavares Shanzes Moses. She is being held without bond in the county jail. Forest Park police said Kilgore texted a sex-for-money deal to Moses that was really a way into his motel room with five others to rob him and his three roommates.
One of the men with Kilgore allegedly fired four times, hitting Moses twice. Although Kilgore is not accused of pulling the trigger, Georgia law allows all suspects involved in a crime where a person is killed to be charged with murder.
After Judge Kathy Brown Valencia read Kilgore her rights, she asked her if she had any questions.
“Yes,” said Kilgore, tears streaming down her face. “I’d rather be charged with prostitution than murder.”
Valencia told her that is an issue to be taken up with her attorney and that she qualifies for a public defender.
“Well, I need to talk to someone,” said Kilgore.
Police said Moses, 31, was shot twice in the chest Aug. 2 about 3 a.m. at the Home Lodge on Old Dixie Highway in Forest Park. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he stayed on life support until Monday, when it was removed and he died about 9:20 a.m.
In a warrant issued to Forest Park police Detective Jessica Raley, Kilgore is accused of texting Moses a proposition for her and two women to have sex with him and two men for $100. Raley said Kilgore and the women went to the lodge Thursday about 3 a.m.
Witness Deandre Miller reportedly told police that he opened the door to find the three women and three unknown masked men. Miller allegedly told police the three men demanded money and went through his pockets and the pockets of the other occupants of the room — Moses, Jumario Booker and Carlos Wilson.
The warrant alleges that one of the masked me began firing his weapon, at least four times, and hit Moses twice in the chest. The six alleged intruders fled the area in a vehicle, according to the warrant.
Miller, Booker and Wilson reportedly identified Kilgore and another female, who has not been charged, as two of the three women inside the room the morning of the shooting.
According to her Facebook page, Kilgore is a hairdresser with two young children.