Richard Moore, South Carolina

 

Updated: Monday, November 30, 2020

South Carolina officials have announced that they will be unable to obtain execution drugs in time to carry out the execution of Richard Moore, scheduled for Friday, December 4, 2020.  South Carolina has not had execution drugs in stock since 2013, and the last execution carried out in the state was in 2011.  It is the first time South Carolina has been forced to delay an execution due to lack of drugs.

Updated: Monday, November 30, 2020

Richard Bernard Moore is scheduled to be executed 6 pm local time on Friday, December 4, 2020, at the Broad River Correctional Institution in Columbia, South Carolina. Fifty-five-year-old Richard is convicted of murdering Jamie Mahoney during a robbery on September 16, 1999. Richard has spent the last 19 years of South Carolina’s death row.

Richard was allegedly raised in a community that had a prevalence of drugs, which led to Richard beginning to abuse drugs during his youth. Before turning to robbery to support his drug habit, Richard performed well in the classroom and on the athletic field.

Around 3 am on September 16, 1999, Richard Moore walked into a Nikki’s convenience store in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Jamie Mahoney was the store clerk. Terry Hadden was also at the store, playing a video game. Terry heard Jamie yell, “What the hell do you think you’re doing?” Terry turned toward the sound and saw Moore holding both of Jamie’s hands and pointing a gun. Moore pointed the gun at Terry, telling him not to move. Moore then fired at Terry, who fell to the floor and pretended to be dead. Terry heard several more shots fired, and then the bell at the door ring. He opened his eyes and say a pickup truck leave the store.

Terry then went over to Jamie, who was lying face down, with a gun next to him. Terry called the police, however Jamie died shortly after being shot through his heart. The store had also been robbed of $1,408.00. Moore allegedly needed the money to buy drugs, as he did not have enough money to buy drugs prior to the robbery.

 

Moore was found by a police a short time later, approximately a mile and a half from the store. Moore was bleeding profusely from his left arm. As the police officer approached, Moore quickly confessed to the crime and surrendered himself without a fight. Police found the murder weapon nearby later that morning.

 

DNA evidence was found inside the store and on the murder weapon. Moore attempted to argue that he shot the store clerk, Jamie, out of self defense, as Jamie pulled a gun on him first as the two argued over change for a purchase. Moore also claimed that Jamie shot him first. Further, Moore denied intentionally shooting at a customer, arguing that the gun simply went off during the struggle with Jamie. Moore was tried and convicted during a jury trial. He was sentenced to death.

 

Moore is currently asking the South Carolina Supreme Court to halt his execution, arguing that he does not have sufficient information to decide his preferred method of execution. In accordance to South Carolina law, inmates must decide two weeks prior to their execution if they are going to be executed by lethal injection or electrocution. Moore has not yet made that choice. If no choice is made, the default method of execution is lethal injection. However, South Carolina does not currently have a supply of execution drugs and efforts made in recent years to obtain the drugs have been unsuccessful.

 

Pray for peace and healing for the family of Jamie Mahoney. Pray for peace and healing for Terry Hadden. Pray that if Richard Moore is innocent, lacks the competency to be executed, or should not be executed for any other reason, that evidence will be provided prior to his execution. Pray that Richard may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.

 

 

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