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Charges Mount Against Murder Suspect; Former Girlfriend Describes Death Threat

Posted September 27, 2000

— Two women are dead and a baby boy is in the hospital -- all believed to be victims of a suspect that, even police say, should have already been in jail.

Keith Moore, 40, was captured in Goldsboro Wednesday evening after a police chase that ended in a crash with another vehicle.

Wilson police say Moore has a "manipulative personality" and that he is good at getting out of trouble.

That was not the case Wednesday night, however.

After taking his car in for repairs, Moore wrote a check using his name. Workers at the auto shop alerted police, giving them the lead they needed to track down the suspect.

Moore, who made his first court appearance Thursday morning, was transferred to Raleigh's Central Prison later in the day.

Charges filed against him result from thefatal shooting of his girlfriend, Millicent Janella Daniels, and their son, Brandon Moore, in Wilson Tuesday night.

Daniels, 25, died the night of the shooting. Brandon, 29 months, is in fair condition at Pitt Memorial Hospital. He has been taken out of the intensive care unit.

Charges against Moore include:

  • Assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury
  • Assault on female
  • Felony speeding to elude arrest/speeding 100 mph in a 45 mph zone
  • Stop sign violations and red light violations
  • Resist and delay arrest

    Moore is also suspected of killing his former wife Tuesday night. Police believe he traveled to Enfield in Halifax County, where he fatally shot Vanessa Maria Harris.

    Moore has been charged with one count of first degree murder. Former Girlfriend Claims Moore Threatened HerA former girlfriend of Moore's said she believes she would have been his next target.

    Shamika Baldwin says five hours after Moore allegedly killed Daniels and shot the child, he apparently went to her home in Wilson.

    Baldwin says the murder suspect waved at her mother before entering the house "probably to kill me," she says.

    "He was on a rampage, so I'm pretty sure he was coming to do everyone in," she says.

    Baldwin says Moore threatened her once before.

    "He told me he would kill me. He told me he would put me in a wood chipper and chop my body parts up and throw it in the ocean," says Baldwin.

    Tanya Alford, Baldwin's mother, says she told her daughter that she had a feeling something was wrong with Moore. Police say Baldwin is lucky to be alive.

    "They are lucky that we were able to check our resources and locate them before he did," says Capt. Carlton Turnage of the Wilson Police Department of other possible victims.

    Baldwin was at the Wilson Police Department Thursday to file burglary charges against Moore. Friends, Co-workers React To Daniels' DeathDaniels worked for the Utilities Commission in Wilson. Her co-workers say that if she ever had any trouble with her live-in boyfriend, then she never discussed it at work.

    "Millicent has an extremely warm personality. She connected very well with people," says co-worker Phil Gardener. "She had a dry wit and a quick humor. She was a person that you would love to hang around and have talk with."

    Melissa Howard, Daniels' friend, says she never knew of any trouble between her and Moore.

    "She was more of a private person. Nobody would ever know if there was anything wrong because she was always happy," she says.

    Howard says she will remember Daniels as an excellent mother who said her son, Brandon, was the most important person in her life. While she mourns the death of her friend, she cannot wait to see Brandon once he gets out of the hospital.

    "I will hold him and hug him. The only thing that I would tell him is that I love him," she says. "There were two parts to her heart and he was the second part of her heart." Domestic Violence in N.C.; Getting Help:According to the Governor's Task Force on Domestic Violence:

  • 67 percent of female murder victims in North Carolina are killed by a current or former partner.
  • Of that number, two-thirds had been physically assaulted prior to the murder.
  • Four out of five women who are killed by an acquaintance have been threatened by the same person.Only 26 counties in North Carolina have local domestic abuse counselors, but there is a toll-free national hotline to call. That number is1-800-799-SAFE.

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