Ryan J. Moore, center, appears in Solano County Superior Court on Oct. 26, 2012, charged with the killing of Bettina Brown in Suisun City on night of Oct. 23, 2012. A jury found Moore guilty of second-degree murder. (Brad Zweerink/Daily Republic file)


Judge sends convicted killer to prison for 40 years to life

By From page A4 | May 14, 2014

FAIRFIELD — The Suisun City man who drunkenly shot and killed a woman at his home on the night of Oct. 23, 2012, was sentenced Monday to 40 years to life in prison.

Sentencing for Ryan J. Moore, 34, came after seven months of delays, hearings, sworn declarations and thousands of pages of legal wrangling,

Judge Wendy G. Getty ruled Monday that several jurors were not credible when they said they had talked at length during deliberations about Moore not taking the witness stand during his trial stand in spite of Getty’s repeated admonitions that the topic was off limits.

Getty ruled that the statements of at least three jurors were not credible or believable enough for her to believe Moore deserved to have his conviction overturned and receive a new trail.

Getty also ruled that the District Attorney’s Office violated the law by not turning over scores of documents about a secret investigation of the doctor who conducted the autopsy on the shooting victim, Bettina Brown. She ruled that prosecutors should have turned over documents about Dr. Susan Hogan to Moore’s attorney before the trial, but that because Brown’s cause of death was undisputed, he did not deserve to have his case thrown out for prosecutorial misconduct.

Moore’s defense attorney told Getty she would have handled her questioning of Hogan differently during the trial if she had been aware of the questions and evidence prosecutors had about Hogan’s credibility and competence.

A two-week trial in August 2013 ended with jurors rejecting the claim that the shooting was an accident and finding Moore guilty of second-degree murder.
After Moore’s new trial request was rejected, Getty listened to Brown’s daughter and Brown’s older sister talk about how much they missed her and how they believed Moore deserved to be punished for his monstrous actions.
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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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  • MageMay 13, 2014 - 9:37 am

    Praise GOD this nightmare is finally OVER. My friends soul can now finally rest.

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  • 2realMay 13, 2014 - 12:02 pm

    Yea dont worry mr. Moore we will take care of you for the next 40 years. Thats what us tax payers work for right?

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  • BMay 13, 2014 - 12:04 pm

    Bullet and a shovel sounds more fitting.

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  • boomMay 13, 2014 - 12:57 pm

    This guy has at least 10 years of appeals on his case. They really screwed up. So, while the DA's office might claim victory on this case, its the taxpayers who really suffer from the shoddy work when we have to subsidize years of appeals. Any two-bit lawyer fresh out of law school can get this retried.

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  • Part of the solutionMay 13, 2014 - 5:03 pm

    Thank you Krishna

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