Fort Hood soldier charged with murder of Texas woman, bail set at $1M
Fort Hood soldier charged with murder of Texas woman, bail set at $1M

Fort Hood soldier charged with murder of Texas woman, bail set at $1M

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A US Army soldier has been charged with murder after fatally shooting a woman during a “domestic dispute” in Texas.

Michael Leonard Moore, 35, was charged Wednesday in the early morning shooting death of a 34-year-old woman at a Killeen home, according to the Killeen Police Department.

Moore is an active duty soldier at Fort Hood and returned to the area after being charged with the crime.

He was arrested at the fort by the military police, who then notified the Killeen police. Moore was later taken into custody by Killeen officers on Tuesday and transported to the city jail.

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Killeen police said officers were dispatched to the 1100 block of Wales Drive around 7:56 a.m. Monday for a report of a shooting. When the police arrived, they found a dead woman at the scene. Her name has not been released.

Google Earth shows where Wales Drive meets Royal Vista Drive in Killeen, Texas.

Google Earth shows where Wales Drive meets Royal Vista Drive in Killeen, Texas.
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Investigators said preliminary information indicates Moore and the woman were involved in a “domestic dispute” when he allegedly pulled out a handgun and shot her.

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Court records obtained by the Killeen Daily Herald show that Moore waived his right to remain silent and admitted to killing the woman, who he said was his girlfriend, after an argument in their relationship.

Moore reportedly said his girlfriend threatened him with a knife so he could “pack something” to leave. When he returned to the bedroom, he sat on the bed and waited with a gun hidden under the comforter in his lap.

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Court records also showed discrepancies between Moore’s story to police and evidence found at the scene. Moore is accused of shooting the woman “multiple times” when she entered his room, but police say evidence shows the woman was much closer than Moore.

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An autopsy was ordered at the Southwest Institute of Natural Sciences in Dallas.

FILE - The main entrance to the U.S. Army post at Fort Hood, Texas is pictured in this Nov. 5, 2009, file photo.

FILE – The main entrance to the U.S. Army post at Fort Hood, Texas is pictured in this Nov. 5, 2009, file photo.
(REUTERS/III Corps Public Affairs/US Army/Handout)

Moore remains in the Bell County Jail on $1 million bond. He was ordered to wear an ankle GPS device if he posted bond.

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The woman’s death marks the city’s 13th homicide of 2022.

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