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Patrick Moore was found guilty of felony murder and malice murder along several other charges by a Clayton County Superior Court jury.
JONESBORO — Patrick Ramon Moore was convicted of murder Friday and and was sentenced to life in prison, without parole, plus five years.
A Clayton County Superior Court jury convicted Moore of killing Tracy Burton Jr., 20, of Riverdale, and of wounding Jervod Jarvis, Fabian Ellis, and Erica Peterson during a Jan. 3, 2011, shooting at the Regal Pointe apartments. Judge Geronda V. Carter followed immediately with the sentencing.
“We are pleased with the jury’s verdict, we feel like it spoke it truth about what happened the night of Jan. 3, 2011,” said lead prosecutor Katie Powers.
Specifically, Moore was convicted of malice murder, two counts of felony murder, four counts of aggravated assault, two counts of aggravated battery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and four counts of possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime.
Clayton County Police said Moore — who according to his family is actually 25, not 23, as court documents previously stated — was the gunman and is a Vice Lords gang member.
Moore, of Morrow, did not testify during the murder trial. His attorney, Agis Bray, a Clayton County Assistant Public Defender, didn’t call any witnesses to testify for the defense. Instead, he relied on his closing argument to assert self-defense and to discredit prosecution witnesses, but did not sway the jury.
Powers told the jury in her closing argument that the physical evidence did not support self-defense.
“You can’t pick and choose the evidence in this case,” Powers said. “Use your common sense. In his own words, you heard the defendant say he was aiming at all their heads. We know he was mad at Erica Peterson. ‘You sleeping with my girl, you going in my house, oh hell no.’ ”
Powers played telephone recordings of Moore and his girlfriend, Toni Hale, conversation while he was in jail.
“I know who the surprise witness is,” said Hale on the recording. “It is the maintenance man.”
“Oh my God,” Moore replied.
Regal Pointe Apartments maintenance man Allen Jones testified during the murder trial that he saw the shooting.
Powers told the jury Jones had no reason to lie to the court.
The lead prosecutor took 14 AK-47 cartridges and lined them up along the counter in front of the jury. Powers told the jury Moore shot 14 times into the group of shooting victims. She reminded the jury they had heard testimony from all the victims except for Burton.
“Someone once told me the three most important words in the English language were truth, justice and peace,” said Powers. “Tracy’s family wants justice so they can find a little peace. Find the defendant guilty.”