Moreland asks for acquittal

bbashioum@demo-mo.comOctober 10, 2013 

The man convicted in murdering Harrisonville mother Cara Jo Roberts has filed a motion for acquittal.

A jury found Jeffrey Moreland, 54, guilty after a three-day trial last month of first-degree murder and armed criminal action in Roberts’ death at her Harrisonville residence on Nov. 5, 2008.

The motion, filed Oct. 7 by Moreland’s attorney, Jeff Martin, states that the court erred to the prejudice and violated his defendant’s right to a fair trial.

Martin is seeking for judgement of acquittal notwithstanding the verdict of the jury, or a new trial.

Based upon pretrial motions and evidence, Martin claims the court was wrong to deny Moreland’s motion for appointment of a special prosecutor and new judge.

Martin also says the photos of cut zip ties and the zip tie evidence should not have been allowed, and despite objections throughout the trial, the judge routinely denied at each turn.

Among the other reasons listed in the motion, Martin claims the court made an error when it allowed testimony regarding Moreland’s ownership of guns since not gun was ever recovered from the scene and no ballistics directly connected Moreland to the crime.

The attorney also says testimony regarding Moreland’s alleged suicide attempt shouldn’t have been allowed in the trial.

According to Missouri Case Net, Moreland is scheduled to appear for a sentencing hearing 9:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28.

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