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Man pleads guilty to killing 28-year-old with SUV

Posted May 17, 2011

— A Raeford man charged with first-degree murder for hitting another man with his SUV in 2008 pleaded guilty to a lesser charge Monday, just before his trial began.

Stanton Mark Moretti Jr., 45, will be sentenced Friday on his second-degree murder plea.

Moretti told police he was chasing the man who tried to rob his wife. He said his wife, Anna, was standing outside a pizzeria on Yadkin Road in Fayetteville when a man approached her and threatened her with a knife.

Anna Moretti yelled for her husband, who said he responded by firing two warning shots, then chasing the alleged attacker in his GMC Yukon.

Moretti hit Aaron Lazarus McLeod, 28, three times as McLeod ran down Horseshoe Road.

In a pre-trial interview, Moretti said he heard loud noises that he thought were gunshots and ducked, hitting McLeod.


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  • rbruce2 May 19, 2011

    I too remember this happening , as i had spoken with this guy a couple of days before this all happened at his shop while having some work done by his staff . He struck me as a man who would stand up for what is right and would protect himself and his family till the end . His misfortune was not being able to stop the threat to his wife while the Bad Guy was in the act of the assualt and then running over the guy, backing up, and running over him again . The two warning shots should have been placed at center mass not in the air .

  • tarheelfan41 May 18, 2011

    Reminds me of the one where a guy was charged with murder for killing a guy that was attacking his wife. When asked why he shot the guy six times he said that's all the bullets the gun would hold!

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 May 18, 2011

    I think a case could be made for temporary insanity. The man is not a murderer, but when he saw his wife threatened with a knife, that was enough to make him turn the dude into a grease spot with his SUV.

    I hope he gets off. The world is just a little safer now that grease spot has been removed from it.

  • ladyblue May 18, 2011

    Boggles the mind that the man thought this was the right thing to do - tried to rob a woman on the street.

    We don't know that for sure since the young man was dead and unable to testify. That could be something told to look good for defense. Others stated the young man was bumming a cigarette and evidence found no knife he supposedly had in robbing a woman to my understanding of the facts that came out.It seems the man was trying to better himself by attending college. But the driver was a known bully by many who knew him, even endangering his own child in one incident, which are all facts. No I'd not call this man a hero but the murderer that he was charged of being.

  • lorenait May 17, 2011

    Sends a message to the bad guys. Shame that anyone was killed, but it does send a message that people are getting fed up with being victims. Unfortunately, the police force can't be everywhere, all the time to protect everyone. People need to learn how to defend themselves, but also not to over-respond to a threat.

  • Just the facts mam May 17, 2011

    I think we should give the guy a medal!!!

  • umop apisdn May 17, 2011

    Boggles the mind that the man thought this was the right thing to do - tried to rob a woman on the street.

  • jody4663 May 17, 2011

    Sounds like he might have taken the law into his own hands.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman May 17, 2011

    Boggles the mind that the man thought this was the right thing to do - three times no less.

  • GWALLY May 17, 2011

    ..."The guy couldn't control his temper and ran the other guy over 3 times. Not just once, but three times. That shows intent to kill, not an accident..."

    I don't know about that...the guy could have "thought" he ran over something (1 time) and backed up to see (2 times) and upon discovering he had run over him got all excited and floored it..(3 times)....!!!!