HARRISONVILLE, Mo. (AP) - A former western Missouri police officer has been convicted of killing a woman who was sexually assaulted, shot in the head and left in a bathtub at her home.
Jurors in Cass County District Court deliberated less than 90 minutes Thursday before convicting 54-year-old Jeffrey Dean Moreland of first-degree murder and armed criminal action.
Moreland was accused of killing 30-year-old Cara Jo Roberts in November 2008 at the Harrisonville home she shared with her husband and their 2-year-old son.
The Kansas City Star reports assistant county prosecutor Jamie Hunt told jurors the killing amounted to an execution.
Prosecutors said DNA evidence tied Moreland to Roberts' death as well as separate Harrisonville rape and the killing of a 75-year-old Kansas City woman. Moreland also faces charges in the other two cases.
Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com
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