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Man Convicted of Killing Teen Robber Out on Bond

Posted November 10, 2007

— A man convicted of killing a teen who robbed his roadside stand last year was released on bond Friday pending an appeal.

Investigators said Manny Harris, 16, tried to steal a cash box from a vegetable stand when owner Joshua Moore fired one shot, striking the teen in the chest. Harris died, and he was not armed, officials said.

The two families gathered inside the courtroom Friday where a judge agreed to free 66-year-old Moore on bond. It was an emotional moment for both families.

“I’m happy, just as happy as I can be,” said Carol Moore, Joshua Moore’s wife.

“He don’t need a bond. He needs to rot in jail,” said Dorothy Boddie, Harris’ grandmother. “My grandson is dead at 15, 16 years old, and [Moore’s] still walking around.”

Carol Moore was also at the produce stand that day. She said her husband fired in self-defense.

“At that point, yes, I thought it was necessary, because [my husband] didn’t know what he had either,” Carol Moore said. “When [my husband] told him to back off, he came back.”

In October, a jury convicted Moore of voluntary manslaughter. He was sentenced to more than five years in prison. Moore's attorneys filed an appeal, and Judge Frank Brown set a $75,000 bond allowing him to go home until the next hearing.

The assistant district attorney argued that Moore had a previous record and should serve his sentence. Moore's supporters said the punishment is too tough, given the circumstances.

Moore's family claims several jurors called them after the trial, upset that he got prison time and not probation. It could take months for the court of appeals to hear the case.

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  • retired and luv it Nov 11, 2007

    Why is this man in jail and facing anything? You go out and try to rob people expect what he got and deserved. I guess it would have been more appealing if the punk had killed the old man and got a slap on the wrist by a broken justice system because he was so young. Do the crime and do the time in jail or the graveyard.

  • TexasKate Nov 11, 2007

    ""Since when did we start issuing death penalites for stealing? I guess we can start blasting people in Walmart for shop lifting?""
    No, the Castle Law does not allow for "blasting" people. It has definite parameters. Again, I would encourage NC citizens to ensure their legislators pass a Castle Law so that in the common sense defense of your property and life you don't serve prison time and deplete your resources on defense. Anti Castle Law proponents said when the law was proposed in Texas we would have wholesale slaughter. We have not. People who work, own property, and have families are reasonable people. The law also protects against law suits by criminal's families.

    I lived in NC and you people are the most civilized people in the US. It is a constitutional right to live and work in peace. Perhaps this criminal's grandmother should have had more constitutional discussions with her grandson.

  • richard2 Nov 11, 2007

    Don't let the lawyers fool you. You have the God given right to protect yourself at all times. "All" bullets have lawyers attached.

  • BUCKEYEnNC Nov 11, 2007

    It is tragic that a 15 y/o lost his life over a cash box. It is even more tragic that we as citizens are not allowed to defend ourselves, family or property w/o fear of criminal or civil prosecution.

    The 15 y/o lost his life as a result of his decision to steal from someone instead of earning it for himself. While I understand a grandmother's grief and anger, she needs to look at what let her grandson down this path.

    We need a castle doctrine here in NC! More importantly we need responsible people to teach their children/grandchildren to be responsible citizens!

  • duke1man2002 Nov 10, 2007

    IT IS REALLY SAD WHEN AN OWNER OF HIS/HER OWN BUSINESS CANNOT EVEN DEFEND WHAT IS RIGHTFULLY THEIRS. I'M SORRY SOMEONE DIED OVER THIS "but" IF THE YOUNG MAN HAD NOT ROBBED THE GENTLEMAN THEN NONE OF THIS WOULD HAVE HAPPENED. IT IS SO SAD THAT OUR LAWS SEEM TO PROTECT THE ONES WHO DO THE ROBBING,ETC... AND NOT THE INNOCENT WHO WORK HARD & TRY TO LIVE A PRODUCTIVE LIFE.

  • Scarecrow Cow Nov 10, 2007

    The stand owner should never have been put in jail. It was the teen who was a criminal, not him!

  • Feisty Redneck Diva Nov 10, 2007

    I think any previous record does not pertain to this case. This man was robbed and was defending himself. I am sorry a young man died, but he was responsible for his actions. His family has no right to be angry, this young man chose his path. I think Mr. Moore should do probation (at most). We have the right to defend ourselves.

  • dcatz Nov 10, 2007

    The "previous records" that the DA is referring to are from 1976 and 1978. I just pulled it up on the Department of Corrections website. The guy has been clean for over 20 years and that the DA would refer to such irrelevant records is an indication that they had no case.

  • pstang Nov 10, 2007

    scherry27893-
    your post is too funny... who is racist... if you took the time to watch the story you would realize that race is not an issue (hint: the victim and the criminal are the same race)

    I feel bad Mr. Moore was in the right; he is the victim not the criminal. How this even came to trial is beyond me.

  • Ilaina Nov 10, 2007

    Why bother?

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