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    Default More Video from TV stations covering story

    Below are the TV video of the court room hearing and one of the DA interview after the not guilty story.

    http://www.kvue.com/sharedcontent/Vi...p?vidId=100513

    http://www.kvue.com/sharedcontent/Vi...p?vidId=100566

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    Lord bless that family. How horrible for them. I assume he was suppose to tell where she is in the agreement so the Cookes could have their daughter back. Sounds like the B@stard changed his mind and has further tormented the Cookes.

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    "The indictment says prosecuters believe Moore killed Cooke by striking her with a hammer or suffocating her or some combination of the two."

    But the body has never been found. He must have confessed to it.
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    Default More to his "confusing" record

    than was previously reported - click here
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    Default Who is Michael Keith Moore?

    Moore's criminal record dates all the way back to 1992, when as a teenager he was arrested for criminal mischief in Williamson County.

    Before a 2006 murder conviction, Moore spent most of his time in and out of jail. The charges ranged from illegally carrying a weapon to aggravated robbery.

    On Sept.23, 2003, Round Rock mother Christina Moore is found dead inside her Forest Creek subdivision home.

    Christina, pregnant at the time of her murder, was found with a gash to her torso in the master bedroom of her closet.

    In November 2004, Michael Moore was indicted in Williamson County for the gruesome murder. The charges against him was capital murder, aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping.

    Two years later in February 2006, an emotionless Michael Moore finally admitted in open court that he killed Christina Moore. It was words the Moore family had been waiting a long time to hear.

    "That was important to hear him say that. He didn't get to keep the aspect of guilt to himself. It was therapeutic," Christina's husband Robert Moore said in February 2006.

    Moore was sentenced to life in prison.

    But this wasn't the last time we'd hear Michael Moore's name. Moore and another inmate in the Williamson County Jail were accused of committing offensive sexual acts in front of some of the female inmates after rigging the infirmary doors and escaping into the women's facility.

    In May 2006, Williamson County agreed to pay $60,000 to three of those inmates. In addition to the settlement, four jail staff members were disciplined.

    Moore is still behind bars in Williamson County Thursday afternoon.

    At the time of his arrest for Christina Moore's murder, Michael Moore was married with two children.

    He had no relation to Christina Moore.


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    Quote Originally Posted by VP
    than was previously reported - click here
    Thanks VP. One has to wonder why this b*stard was out on our streets and how many more like him are out there. Scary isn't it?


    The Cooke family has been through almost five years of h*ll in their search for Rachel and Mr. Moore chose to continue that h*ll for them today. While I am sure the family would like to have walked out of court this morning with what little closure his guilty plea would have brought them, his selfish act has hopefully put the death penalty on the table. He needs to be permanently off our streets and it's clear he has weaseled his way out of a lot of jail time (and probably the death penalty in the Moore case) with multiple plea bargains in the past. He's a coward who has prayed on innocent women and now wants to escape the ultimate punishment for his acts.
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    I'd like to see locations of this guy's known crimes, movements, his residences and his friends' and relatives' residences and job locations, his hangouts, schools, neighborhoods, jobs, prisons and jails he was in, all plotted out on a map with a timeline.

    Any chance we'll be getting any of this detailed info released as public record?

    We can start with JR's post listing the general stuff, and vp's list of his criminal record, though I have to say, I find that verrrrry confusing. Who makes up these forms.

    "University of Colorado Law Professor Paul Campos declared the letter a 'reckless exoneration.' He went on to state, 'Everyone knows that relative immunity from criminal conviction is something money can buy.
    Apparently another thing it can buy is an apology for even being suspected of a crime you probably already would have been convicted of committing if you happened to be poor.'"
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    I agree about the forms - confuse the crap out of me - but most are not that lengthy :)

    What I don't understand, as far as what is contained in the document I provided, is why he was charged with kidnapping and murdering a police officer or fire fighter. Who did he kidnap? And she worked for Dell, as did her husband.

    I'm sure there's a simple explanation, I'm just not seeing it.

    JR, please let the Cookes know I am thinking about them and praying this game Moore seems to be playing will be over soon - and I'm just down the street if you need anything...
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    VP - I think that the Kidnapping charge must be related to Rachel, his last minute change of plea has thrown everything out of whack. Good find though on his very extensive history - career criminal is putting it lightly.

    JR - such a person must have stood out in the community - was there any interest in him earlier in the investigation?

    This is all so shocking, her family now knows but she is still missing. This is so wrong.
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    WTF does this mean? Capital Murder of a Peace Officer or Fireman? It looks as if he was charged with killing a cop or fireman. I don't get these forms, at all.


    Prosecutor Charged




    Offense Code
    09990020
    Offense Description
    CAPITAL MURDER OF A PEACE OFFICER OR FIREMAN
    Level and Degree of Offense
    FELONY - CAPITAL FELONY
    Statute Citation of Disposed Offense
    19.03(A)(1)

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    Court Sequence
    a
    Agency
    368TH DISTRICT COURT GEORGETOWN
    Court Offense
    10990004
    Court Disposition
    CONVICTED

    Court Offense Literal
    Action Related to Offense

    none found
    Level and Degree of Offense
    FELONY - 1ST DEGREE
    Cause Number
    041070K368

    Date of Sentencing
    Feb 13 2006
    Final Pleading
    Guilty
    Court Provision Literal
    Life
    Court Provision (Numeric)
    342

    Date of Judicial Disposition
    Feb 13 2006
    Amount of Time Suspended by Court
    Amount of Fine Suspended by Court
    0
    Court Confinement
    LIFE

    Time on Probation
    Court Fine
    0
    Court Cost Imposed
    318
    Date of Appeal

    Disposition of Offender During Appeal
    Final Court Decision
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    TX236065C
    Agency Literal
    DEPT OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE HUNTSVILLE

    Sentence Concurrent/Consecutive
    Concurrently
    Domestic Violence Involved
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    Default DA says Moore confessed to Cooke's murder, then backed out of deal

    By Katie Humphrey, Chuck Lindell

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    Thursday, November 09, 2006

    GEORGETOWN — Backing out of a deal with prosecutors, convicted murderer Michael Keith Moore pleaded not guilty to the death of Rachel Cooke, a Georgetown woman who has been missing since January 2002, after he was charged with her murder in court this morning.

    His plea surprised Williamson County District Attorney John Bradley, who said that Moore had confessed to the killing and had reneged on an agreement to plead guilty.

    "(Sheriff James Wilson) and I were led to believe that Michael Keith Moore was prepared to take responsibility for the death of Rachel Cooke," Bradley said at a press conference following the plea.

    Moore, who has been in prison for murdering Christina Moore, told authorities in August that he had information about Cooke's disappearance, Bradley said.

    "There were several things that Moore told us that only the person involved . . . could have known," Wilson said. "We verified the facts he gave us; it was completely obvious that he had to have been there . . . and his confession was in all likelihood true."

    Bradley and Wilson wouldn't provide details about the crime or the confession. They said that if an agreement isn't reached with Moore's defense attorneys, they will bring the case to trial.

    Their previous agreement with Moore called for another concurrent life sentence, to be served on top of the four he is already serving, which would allow Moore to be eligible for parole in 30 years.

    However, Bradley said the case could become a capital murder charge if it goes to trial.

    "The worst thing for someone to do is to get me to notice them," Bradley said, in discussing the possibility of taking the case to trial.

    Cooke's family was kept apprised of the agreement, including the life sentence, and gave their approval, Bradley said.

    Moore's not guilty plea came after Judge Burt Carnes arraigned the 31-year-old on the murder charge earlier this morning in the 368th District Court in Williamson County. Cooke's family and friends filled half of the small courtroom, with many wearing buttons bearing her photo.

    "How do you plead?" Carnes asked Moore after calling him to the bench.

    "Not guilty," Moore replied.

    Carnes looked up quickly and said, "Will you repeat that for me?"

    "Not guilty."

    Carnes sent Moore back to the defense table, where he had a four-minute conference with his attorneys. Defense attorneys and prosecutors then approached the bench and Carnes called for a 15-minute recess to determine whether the not guilty plea would be a temporary delay or a major breakdown. Moore left the courtroom to confer in private with his attorneys. About an hour and 15 minutes later, Carnes came back into court to announce that the Moore case stands in recess until further notice.

    Asked if he had a statement for reporters, defense attorney Steve Brittain said, "We're not done yet." Brittain and Moore's other defense attorney, Allan Williams, conferred with him until 3 p.m.

    Cooke's parents had strong words for Moore after the plea surprise.

    Her father, Robert Cooke, said the family believes that authorities have the right person, based on his confession and other evidence.

    "We feel like we are being victimized a second time," he said.

    "I just can't believe he would put us through this, to string us along," her mother, Janet Cooke, told reporters.

    Moore was charged by a one-page criminal information, which was filed last night by Bradley. The filing charges Moore with killing Rachel Cooke "by striking her with a hammer, by suffocating her, by some manner and means unknown, or by a combination of these acts."

    The filing differs from an indictment in that it is usually filed when the defendant has agreed to plead guilty. The defendant also waives the right to indictment in the filing.

    The charge connects two of the highest-profile cases in recent Williamson County history: Cooke's 2002 disappearance and the 2003 murder of Christina Moore, who was not related to Michael Moore, in her Round Rock home.

    A Williamson County jury in February convicted Michael Moore of murdering Christina Moore.

    Cooke was 19 when she vanished while jogging near her parents' home in the Northlake subdivision northwest of Georgetown on Jan. 10, 2002. Officials have said that neighbors last saw her jogging at about 10:30 a.m., 100 or 200 yards from her home.

    Her disappearance rocked the usually quiet community in Williamson County and drew both local and national media attention.

    Hundreds of volunteers helped search for Cooke on foot and horseback in the days following her disappearance. They later drove around Central Texas distributing flyers with Cooke's picture.

    Her parents have made numerous pleas for anyone with information about the case to come forward. They have helped organize runs in honor of Cooke, who was an all-state cross country runner in high school, and dedicated a tree in her name at her alma mater, Georgetown High School.

    The family has also offered a $50,000 reward for information that could lead to a break in the case.

    And in January 2004, the Williamson County sheriff's office assembled a multi-agency team, including investigators from the Austin Police Department and the FBI, to examine the case.

    But no one was ever charged in connection with Cooke's disappearance until this morning.

    Michael Moore was convicted in February of murdering 35-year-old Christina Moore on Sept. 23, 2003. Christina Moore was 14 weeks pregnant when Michael Moore slit her throat as she knelt on the floor of her bedroom closet, her right arm restrained by a handcuff. He then stole her purse, some jewelry and her wedding rings, according to testimony heard during the trial.

    Her husband, Robert Moore, came home to find his wife dead and the couple's then 15-month-old daughter Gracie crying, unharmed, in her crib.

    Michael Moore targeted Christina Moore's home because he had planned to steal checks and credit cards and thought it would be easier to use them if he stole them from someone with the same last name, according to testimony from a habitual felon who claimed that Michael Moore had confessed to him while they were both in custody at the Williamson County Jail.

    Prosecutors had sought a capital murder conviction and death sentence, but the jury acquitted Moore on that charge, choosing instead to convict him of murder, aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping. It was the first time prosecutors in Williamson County had sought a capital murder conviction and lost.

    Before the punishment phase of the trial could begin, however, Michael Moore pleaded guilty to all three charges. He also pleaded guilty to an unrelated robbery charge and a firearm possession charge.

    http://www.statesman.com/news/conten...10/10case.html
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    Default Cooke investigation takes unexpected turn

    10:54 PM CST on Thursday, November 9, 2006

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    A bizarre turn of events leads Williamson County investigators back to square one in the investigation into Rachel Cooke's disappearance.

    Michael Moore, who a jury already convicted in another woman's murder, appeared Thursday in a Georgetown courtroom.

    Prosecutors say he was supposed to plead guilty to the murder of Cooke.

    Instead, he stunned those in the room when he entered a plea of not guilty.


    KVUE News

    Now the plea deal and his confession are off the table. None of it can be used in a trial. (emphasis mine)

    During a news conference, Williamson County District Attorney John Bradley called the developments "unexpected and disappointing."

    Thirty-one-year old Moore is serving three life sentences for the 2003 murder of Christina Moore. The pregnant mother was found stabbed to death in her Round Rock home. They were not related.

    According to Bradley, Moore contacted them in August and wanted to confess to another high profile crime.

    "The sheriff and I were led to believe that this Michael Keith Moore was prepared to take responsibility for the disappearance of Rachel Cooke," explained Bradley. "We did a lot of work to verify the accuracy of that willingness."

    But Moore pleaded not guilty in court Thursday.

    According to court documents, Moore waved the right to have the case considered by a grand jury. In effect, he was accepting the charge he killed Rachel Cooke by striking her with a hammer and suffocating her.

    The murder supposedly took place January 10th, 2002, the day Cooke disappeared while on a morning jog near her parent's home in northwest Georgetown.

    Investigators say Moore provided them with details only they and the killer would know.

    "There were several things that Michael told us that only the person who was involved in the abduction, and probably the slaying, of Rachel Cooke could have known," said Williamson County Sheriff James Wilson.

    Investigators will not say if Cooke's body has been found. (emphasis mine)

    Authorities worked out a plea agreement with Moore to help bring closure for the family. The deal would have added a fourth life sentence onto the three Moore is already serving. The sentences would have run concurrently.

    Bradley said Moore has the right to change his mind and plead not guilty but that it was hurtful for Cooke's family.

    "We feel like we're being victimized for a second time. We've developed a new motto today, and that's 'We're not done yet.' We believe they have the right person, based on his confession and other things, and we just need to finish the case," said Robert Cooke, victim's father. "I think it's hard to consider him a person. This is not a person. I'm extremely angry, but I've been angry for four years."

    Authorities say they will work to prosecute Moore in Cooke's death.

    "He's decided to play with us a little bit, but we're still here. We're not going away," said Janet Cooke, victim's mother.

    The family was told Wednesday that Moore would be charged in Rachel's death. They had been told Moore would plead guilty. The not-guilty plea delays the closure this family was so desperately hoping for.

    "I just couldn't believe that he would put us through this. What his motives were to string us along? Tell all the information he's told so far and not go through with it?" said Robert Cooke, who said he hopes Moore remains in prison the rest of his life. "Come forward, be a man. For once in your life, tell the truth."

    The Williamson County Sheriff's Office and several other law enforcement agencies have been investigating the case since Cooke disappeared.

    Cooke was last seen near her home in the Northlake development on F.M. 3405, northwest of Georgetown. Detectives believe she disappeared near the end of her 3 to 4 mile run around 11 a.m.

    There have been massive searches and nationwide publicity about the case, but past searches have failed to turn up any evidence as to Cooke's whereabouts.

    Robert Cooke, Rachel's father, has become an activist for issues related to missing persons. He writes a blog about the search for Rachel on KVUE.com.

    The Williamson county sheriff's department has set up three new tip lines that will answer around the clock.

    They ask that anyone with information about the Rachel Cooke case call 818-0494, 966-6561 or 818-2184. The area code for all three is 512. (emphasis mine)

    http://www.kvue.com/news/top/stories....1f587cb0.html
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