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Richard D. MOORE

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 
Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Revenge
Number of victims: 3
Date of murder: November 6, 1979
Date of arrest: Same day
Date of birth: June 5, 1931
Victims profile: Rhonda L. Caldwell, 27 (his ex-wife); John H. Caldwell, 54 (his ex-father-in-law); Gerald F. Griffin, 29 (Indianapolis Police Officer)
Method of murder: Shooting
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Status: Sentenced to death on October 24, 1980. Resentenced to death on January 13, 2000
 
 
 
 
 
 

MOORE, RICHARD D. # 7 & # 92

ON DEATH ROW SINCE 01-13-00

DOB: 06-05-1931
DOC#:
13140 Black Male

Hamilton County Superior Court
Judge Jerry M. Barr

Venued from Marion County

Prosecutor: J. Gregory Garrison, John D. Tinder

Defense: Wilmer E. Goering, II

Date of Murder: November 6, 1979

Victim(s): Rhonda L. Caldwell B/F/27 (Ex-wife); John H. Caldwell B/M/54 (Ex-Father-In-Law); Gerald F. Griffin W/M/29 (Indianapolis Police Officer)

Method of Murder: shooting with shotgun

Summary: Moore was divorced from his second wife, Rhonda Caldwell, 8 days before murdering her. Moore went to the home of her parents on 36th Street in Indianapolis and talked to Rhonda in the carport for awhile. Rhonda began to cry and headed back in the house. As she did, she shouted at her parents to "get inside, lock the doors, Richard's got a gun."

Moore was armed with a shotgun and when it was all over he had shot John Caldwell to death in the living room, shot Rhonda to death in the kitchen, and seriously injured Ruth Caldwell with shots to her right arm and buttocks.

A responding Indianapolis Police Officer in full uniform, Gerald Griffin was dead just outside, Moore having shot him with the shotgun through the front doorway. Another Officer, Cicero Mukes was also in full uniform and shot while getting out of his marked patrol car.

Conviction: Pled Guilty to Murder (3 counts) with no Plea Agreement; State dismissed Attempted Murder (A Felony) (3 counts) and Confinement (B Felony) (3 counts) upon the Court's acceptance of the guilty pleas.

Sentencing: October 24, 1980 (Death Sentence)

Aggravating Circumstances: b(6) Law enforcement victim; b(8) 3 murders

Mitigating Circumstances: improvements made in his life as he overcame alcoholism, religious activities while in jail, opinion evidence that he is not likely to repeat crimes, extreme emotional disturbance, good works, no significant prior criminal record

On Remand: Venued to Boone County by agreement. Following a new Sentencing Hearing, Special Judge James Detamore sentenced Moore to death on 01-13-00.

Direct Appeal:
Moore v. State, 771 N.E.2d 46 (Ind. June 26, 2002)
Conviction Affirmed 5-0; DP Affirmed 5-0
Dickson Opinion; Shepard, Boehm, Sullivan, Rucker concur.
Moore v. Indiana, 123 S.Ct. 1931 (May 5, 2003) (Cert. denied).

Habeas:

06-04-03 Notice of Intent to File Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus filed.
03-29-04 Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus filed in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana.
Richard Moore v. Daniel McBride, Superintendent (1:03-CV-00828-LJM-WTL)
Judge Larry J. McKinney
For Defendant: Alan M. Freedman, Chicago, IL, Laurence E. Komp, Ballwin, MO
For State: Stephen R. Creason, Scott Alan Kreider, Deputy Attorneys General (S. Carter)

HABEAS PETITION PENDING IN U.S. DISTRICT COURT, SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF INDIANA, JUDGE LARRY J. MCKINNEY.
(FULLY BRIEFED SINCE 10-28-04)

 
 


Richard D. Moore