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Convicted killer may have verdict overturned

Ryan Moore, center, appears in Solano County Superior Court, Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, charged with the killing of Bettina Brown in Suisun City on night of Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. (Brad Zweerink/Daily Republic)

Ryan Moore, center, appears in Solano County Superior Court, Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, charged with the killing of Bettina Brown in Suisun City on night of Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. (Brad Zweerink/Daily Republic)

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From page A7 | December 11, 2013 | 6 Comments

FAIRFIELD — A Suisun City man found guilty of murder at a September jury trial may get his verdict overturned after his lawyer discovered that one or more of the jurors during deliberations talked about the defendant not testifying during his trial.

Ryan J. Moore, 33, was ordered Monday to return to court Jan. 27, 2014, when several of the jurors may be quizzed by Judge Wendy G. Getty about what took place in their closed-door deliberations.

Getty has already reviewed written declarations from some of the jurors, signed under penalty of perjury, that detail their recollection of what was said during deliberations. Getty ordered prosecutors and Moore’s defense attorney to have no contact with any of the jurors before the January hearing.

Moore shot and killed Bettina Brown on the night of Oct. 23, 2012, at his Stellar Way home. Moore had been drinking heavily before he picked up a rifle and shot Brown in the chest.

During the two-week trial, Moore’s lawyer called the shooting an accident and said her client’s blood-alcohol concentration may have been as high as 0.34 percent and that he was experiencing a blackout at the time of the shooting.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or jsullivan@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.
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  • Blanca BotwinDecember 10, 2013 - 5:21 am

    I'm confused. Doesn't the defendant have the right to not testify, to avoid self incrimination? Doesn't he also have the right, if he chooses, to testify at his trial? Who cares if he didn't? He DID murder someone. Man, this state's criminal justice system leaves so much to be desired, it's not even funny.

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  • K.WHATEVERDecember 10, 2013 - 8:32 am

    THIS IS A SAME HE TOOK A HUMAN LIFE HE NEED TO BE IN JAIL. HE KNEW WHAT HE WAS DOING. MATT GARCIAS MUDERERS WAS HIGH TO SO LET THEM OFF SMH. DISAPPOINTED AGAIN BY THE WEAK JUSTICE SYSTEM

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  • JusticeDecember 13, 2013 - 10:39 am

    I agree with all comments posted. Someone can kill someone be it an accident or intent, and get a second, hey how about a third time, to possibly get a lesser charge & sentence & possibly let go is CRAZY. Only in AMERICA, that is why my family moved from this CRAZY TOWN years ago. We are suppose to be moving forward not backward PEOPLE.

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  • Now Let's Just Face ItDecember 10, 2013 - 11:42 am

    I am sickened and appalled by Solano County willing to let these no good's back into our community so easily! First Matt Garcia's killer get's another go round and now this LOSER?! What is this adminstration trying to do?! See if we can beat Oakland in the crime rate?! Thanks to this train wreck now every Tom, Dick and Harpo will want another shot at wasting good tax payer dollars so these losers can have another swing at the bat at hitting a loophole and going free... Smh.. He murdered a Daughter, A Mother, A Sister and someone's friend and is given another chance to slip through the cracks. SSPD and FFPD dont waste your time with hard work and efforts. In fact, You could have saved your bullets from shooting that black kid on HWY 12 last month.. The court system was only going to give him his knife back and tell him to try to stab his gf to death again.. Because the loss of human life carries no weight in the friggin court of LAW!

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  • Kene WinstonDecember 11, 2013 - 10:33 pm

    I agree, people who commit a crime at this magnitude are not allow to be set off the hook. They just be fast to judge, just saying.

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  • JusticeDecember 13, 2013 - 10:33 am

    Well, I guess his family wasn't happy that their son would be taken away from them probably for life. Well how do they think Ms. Brown's family feels. They will NEVER see her again. I guess when you have someone in your family who works for the prison system & someone you know in law enforcement. You get the "Red Carpet" treatment. Now if the tables had been turned Ms. Brown would have been sentenced and taken to a Women's Prison by now. " No Justice

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