Cynthia Moreland disappeared from a downtown Raleigh parking garage on Aug. 22, 2006, while on her way to work at Progress Energy. Antonio Davon Chance was arrested the following day after he was seen using her debit card at a local discount store. Moreland's body was found in rural Harnett County on Sept. 1. Her kidnapping and slaying prompted Raleigh to adopt tighter security measures for parking lots and garages.
Antonio Chance avoided a potentially lengthy trial and death sentence Thursday when he pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the Aug. 22, 2006, rape and murder of Cynthia Moreland.
A Superior Court judge ruled last week that a jury would determine if Antonio Chance should face the death penalty if convicted for the 2006 slaying of Progress Energy worker Cynthia Moreland.
A judge declined to rule Friday on claims that the man charged in the kidnapping and death of a Wendell woman is mentally retarded and therefore ineligible for the death penalty.
Antonio Chance's defense attorney claims his client is retarded and that he should not go to trial in a capital murder case.
For Walter Moreland, the kidnapping and slaying of his wife, Cynthia Moreland, is an unimaginable tragedy from which he'll never completely recover.
Wake County prosecutors object to pre-trial hearing to assess murder suspects' mental capacity, saying it would be redundant and costly to taxpayers.
A motion seeking to declare a man retarded who is accused of kidnapping and killing a Wendell woman will delay his trial for several months.
Organizers of Raleigh's new downtown safety program hope it will deter crime and make workers in the area feel more safe.
For Walter and Keisha Moreland, Thanksgiving will never be the same without their wife and mother, Cynthia Moreland. Three months after her tragic death, they vow to keep her memory alive.