FAIRFIELD — The prosecution began presenting its case Wednesday in the murder trial for a Suisun City man who shot and killed a woman at his home on the night of Oct. 23, 2012.
Ryan J. Moore has pleaded not guilty to charges he murdered Bettina Brown.
Moore and Brown, along with another friend, were playing video games and hanging out at the Stellar Way home. Moore was drinking tequila – lots of it. His defense attorney told jurors three times during opening statements that Moore’s bl00d-alcohol concentration was as high as 0.34 percent.
Moore, 32, picked up a rifle around 8:15 p.m. and announced he was going shoot Brown and then he pulled the trigger. A .22-caliber slug punched a hole in Brown’s chest before ripping though both her lungs and her heart.
Moore’s attorney used the word “accident” more than dozen times in describing the shooting. The defense attorney also described the shooting as “one unlucky shot,” adding that Moore was likely experiencing a drunken blackout and did not even know the rifle was loaded.
After the shooting, Moore’s other friend ran from the apartment. The friend has repeatedly denied taking the rifle with him out of the house.
The rifle was found the day after the shooting by a neighbor, who found it in their yard. Moore’s attorney said her client had not hidden the rifle.
Testimony in the trial is expected to continue when the trial resumes Thursday morning.
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