Second trial, same result in Fayetteville pizzeria murder
Posted August 30, 2011
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.