Man Who Shot Victim In His Home, Dumped His Body In The Woods Gets 22 Years

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A Seaford man will serve 22 years in prison after pleading guilty to a 2017 murder.

Seaford- The Delaware State Police Homicide Unit have arrested a suspect in connection with a 2017 homicide, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe. The investigation was assisted by multiple DSP Units, Maryland State Police Homicide Unit, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) Maryland, and the Delaware Division of Forensic Science

The investigation began on September 15, 2017, when the victim, 28-year-old Donnell Davis of Laurel was reported missing by his family members. It was determined that Davis’ last known whereabouts was at a residence in the 23000 block of Dove Road in Seaford. Troopers from DSP Troop 5 responded to the area after the disappearance was reported, where they searched the residence and surrounding area with negative results.

At the time officials said through further investigation, it was learned that while at the residence on Dove Road, Davis engaged in a verbal argument with then 47-year-old Michael C. Moore who resided at that location. During the argument, Moore displayed a handgun and shot Davis. After Davis was shot, he ran out of the residence where he later succumbed to his injuries. Davis’ body was later placed in a vehicle and transported to a wooded area in Federalsburg, Maryland

On February 27, 2018, a search was conducted with the assistance of the Maryland State Police at the location. Human remains were located in the woods on the east side of River Road, Federalsburg. The remains were exhumed by Maryland authorities and were transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) in Baltimore, MD. A DNA analysis was conducted by the Delaware Division of Forensic Science in which the remains were identified as Davis.

On Friday, March 23, 2018, the Delaware State Police SORT team responded to Moore’s residence where he was taken into custody without incident. Moore was transported to Troop 4 where he was charged with Murder 1st and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony.

Authorities announced Friday that Moore pleaded guilty to Murder Second Degree and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony. A Superior Court judge immediately sentenced Moore to 22 years in prison followed by 10 years of probation.

 


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