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Second trial, same result in Fayetteville pizzeria murder

Posted August 30, 2011

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— A Raeford man who pleaded guilty then reversed himself got a guilty verdict in Cumberland County Tuesday for his role in a 2008 murder.

Stanton Mark Moretti Jr. told police that he chased a man who tried to rob his wife at knifepoint outside a pizzeria on Yadkin Road in Fayetteville on Feb. 23, 2008. He hit the alleged attacker, Aaron Lazarus McLeod, 28, with his GMC Yukon three times as McLeod tried to run down Horseshoe Road.

Moretti was charged with first-degree murder and pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of second-degree murder in May. On the day he was to be sentenced, Moretti came to court Friday with a new lawyer, D.W. Bray, who replaced two public defenders, and asked to withdraw his guilty plea.

His second time around, a jury came to the same conclusion, finding him guilty of the lesser charge.

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  • fayncmike Sep 2, 2011

    "Cops carry guns and they are little trained guys with only a high school or GED education but we trust them. Do not take away my right to be able to defend myself or my love ones from the crimminals that feel nothing running the streets. What would you do if someone pulled a knife on you or your family? Run and coward and hope he doesn't kill you? We are not judging the man but the system and how it protects crimminals that will kill you in a second for a dollar!!!!! I do carry, and God help anyone wanting to harm my love ones.
    loprestw"

    I'm gazing into my crystal ball seeking your future. It's clearing now. I see you sitting in a prison cell next to Moretti. You're both congratulating yourselves for protecting your loved ones. Both of your wives have been in to see you to tell you that you've lost everything in the civil suits. Come 2021 or so you'll be free to begin trying to rebuild your life. It won't happen.

  • loprestw Sep 2, 2011

    Cops carry guns and they are little trained guys with only a high school or GED education but we trust them. Do not take away my right to be able to defend myself or my love ones from the crimminals that feel nothing running the streets.
    What would you do if someone pulled a knife on you or your family? Run and coward and hope he doesn't kill you?
    We are not judging the man but the system and how it protects crimminals that will kill you in a second for a dollar!!!!!
    I do carry, and God help anyone wanting to harm my love ones.

  • fayncmike Sep 2, 2011

    "if he brings a knife, you bring a gun." Conceal-carry is the way to go, not an SUV.
    Statick"

    As a matter of fact, Moretti is the poster boy for why we need tighter handgun controls. Perhaps you don't remember from the original storys but before murdering Aaron McLeod with his SUV he did indeed spray the area with lead. But like most untrained citizens that think they should carry guns, he missed his target. It's a miracle that he didn't kill some innocent bystander. Actually Moretty is a convicted felon and shouldn't have been allowed to carry a gun at all.

    I'm amazed that there are people out there defending this sorry excuse for a man. What amazes me is that those defending his murderous actions don't know that several of his run ins with the law are due to spousal abuse charges. The man is a wife beater! One step above a pedophile is a wife beater and there are mob rule vigilantes defending him. During and right after the trial his wife demonstrating battered wife syndrome.

  • Sherlock Sep 1, 2011

    This guy is in th esame boat as Stewart, but Stewart had a better lawyer.

  • loprestw Sep 1, 2011

    I wouldn't call it vigilante justice, it is in all of us to protect our families (except liberals). Sometime when you see a love one in danger you lose your sense and go to your survival mode of taking out the individual who wants to harm your love ones. I really don't think it deserved a 2nd degree murder charge.
    But I like your statement, conceal-carry is the way!!!

  • Statick Sep 1, 2011

    "And you'd be in jail, sharing a prison bunk with Moretti" Thats the problem with todays society, lets protect the crimminals and prosecute our citizens, because our citizens shold know better. Baaaaaaa!!!!"

    Wrong again. I'm more about protecting you than the criminals. The court system needs to be revamped, but vigilante justice is just going to make you a target for the system. Don't stoop to the same level as the common criminal. To quote the Untouchables, "if he brings a knife, you bring a gun." Conceal-carry is the way to go, not an SUV.

  • loprestw Sep 1, 2011

    "And you'd be in jail, sharing a prison bunk with Moretti"
    Thats the problem with todays society, lets protect the crimminals and prosecute our citizens, because our citizens shold know better.
    Baaaaaaa!!!!

  • Statick Aug 31, 2011

    "If it was my wife i would have done the same thing. You threaten one of my family members its over!! Everyone else can hide like the sheep they are."

    ...And you'd be in jail, sharing a prison bunk with Moretti.

  • loprestw Aug 31, 2011

    If it was my wife i would have done the same thing. You threaten one of my family members its over!! Everyone else can hide like the sheep they are.

  • Statick Aug 31, 2011

    "He needed a better lawyer, don't temporary insanty work anymore. He may of went overboard, but he didn't just pick this guy out of a crowd and run over him."

    Moretti has a history of this same type of overboard behavior before that worked against him in this case. Granted, he didn't kill anyone with his anger issues in the past, but a temporary insanity plea wouldn't have helped him.

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