By Mike Perleberg
Michael Moore, 39, is charged
with murdering his parents
in their Union home in 2009.
Boone County Sheriff's Office
(Boone County, Ky.) - The commonwealth has rested its case. Now, it’s the defense’s turn to call witnesses and present evidence in the double murder trial of Michael Moore.
The former Warren County, Ohio sheriff’s deputy is accused of murdering his parents, Warren and Madge Moore, in the Union home they shared in 2009. Michael Moore, 43, faces the possibility of death if he is convicted.
Prosecutors wrapped up their turn entering evidence and calling witnesses on Thursday. They maintain Moore shot his parents in the back of the head in an argument over his drug abuse.
Moore’s defense is telling the Boone County jury that Michael Moore shot his father only in self-defense after Warren Moore had shot his wife in the couple’s kitchen. He had to wrestle the gun away from his father before shooting him in the head, the attorneys have said.
The self-defense claim varies from Moore’s initial statements to investigators that a masked intruder entered the family’s home and shot his parents to death before shooting him in the leg.
It is unclear if Moore will testify in his own defense. If so, that could happen as soon as Friday, WLWT-TV reports.