Powell triple-murder case bound to grand jury

4:47 PM, May 31, 2012   |    comments
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The man accused of murdering three women in an apartment in Powell last week made his first appearance in court Thursday.

51-year-old Paul Clifford Moore, Jr., appeared briefly in Knox County Sessions Court.  Moore is represented by public defender Scott Carpenter.  Moore waived his right to a pretrial hearing and bound his case directly to a grand jury.

Moore faces three charges of first degree murder after deputies found his wife, 39-year-old Christina Moore, and two other women shot and killed in their apartment in North Knox County.  The other victims included Christina Moore's twin sister Bridgette Stagnolia.  The third victim was 24-year-old Amber Snellings.

Snellings' mother, grandmother, and a few extended family members were in court Thursday for Moore's hearing.  The family declined media requests for interviews after the hearing concluded.  Based on previous interviews, Thursday was the first time the Snellings family came face-to-face with accused shooter.  Snellings' mother, Tara Snellings, told 10News last week that she had never met nor heard of Paul Moore prior to the fatal shooting.

Arrest warrants from the Knox County Sheriff's Office indicate Moore admitted to shooting his wife, but did not remember killing the other two victims.

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