Paragraph 5 reads: "In their opening statements, District Attorney Donald Dodd and defense attorney Salvatore Lanza said Debo and Moore both liked to drink. The couple also took a variety of antidepressants, including Zoloft, Wellbutrin and Xanax."
LEAD UP TO MURDER DESCRIBED
By ADELE DELSAVIO, Staff Writer
A friend of Theresa Debo and Richard Moore said Tuesday Debo was “a little boisterous and antsy” when the couple visited him the day of Moore's murder.
Gerald LaCrate of Scriba was the first witness called to testify on the second day of Debo's murder trial.
He told the jury of six men and six women that Debo and Moore visited him after the couple went fishing near his house.
“After awhile she said she wanted to go because it was getting dark. He agreed. She came in a second time and cuffed him on the head and said ‘Let's go,'” he said, making an upward hitting motion. LaCrate, 61, is a retired investigator with the Oswego County Sheriff's Dept.
In their opening statements, District Attorney Donald Dodd and defense attorney Salvatore Lanza said Debo and Moore both liked to drink. The couple also took a variety of antidepressants, including Zoloft, Wellbutrin and Xanax.
Lanza said Moore's autopsy report says there was alcohol in Moore's blood the night he died.
Lanza said he intends to put Debo on the witness stand.
“In a criminal case the client doesn't have to testify. Michael Jackson didn't testify. But it's natural for us to want to hear their version, so I always put my clients on the stand,” he said.
He said he'll also play the jury a tape of Debo's call to 911. “It's excruciating,” he said.
Lanza said Moore was getting agitated about bills the night of the murder and Debo, in turn, threatened to leave. “It just escalated,” he said.
Debo sobbed when Lanza told the jury, “He loved her and I believe she loves him to this day.”
Investigator Dennis Cooper, a reconstruction expert, will be a key witness in the trial. Cooper will use dowels in an attempt to illustrate the trajectory of the bullet fired into Moore. “He'll make or break the case with his dowels,” Lanza said.
Debo's foster mother, Dolores Reed, remained optimistic Tuesday. “I have complete faith in Mr. Lanza,” she said.
Debo is being tried for second-degree murder in the shooting death of Moore, her fiancé, at their home in Scriba on Sept. 24, 2004.
She told police she shot him in self-defense.