Moreland’s trial for rape charges scheduled

bbashioum@demo-mo.comDecember 6, 2013 

Jeffrey Moreland has been scheduled to go on trial for additional charges he faces in Cass County.

According to Missouri Case Net, Moreland’s jury trial for allegedly raping a woman in Harrisonville in June 2011 has been scheduled to begin 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 25, 2014.

Moreland has been charged with forcible rape and forcible sodomy.

The sexual assault charges stem from an incident in which a woman said she was walking on 291 Highway when Moreland stopped and asked her if she wanted a ride.

Moreland then took the woman to his home, where he allegedly raped her and gave her $100, and then drove her home.

The victim went to a friend’s house to spend the night. When her friend drove to her home the next morning, Moreland was sitting in his vehicle outside her residence.

The victim then reported the incident to police.

Investigators would later determine Moreland’s DNA matched the DNA of an “unknown man” found on the bodies of two unsolved murder cases involving 30-year-old Harrisonville mother Cara Jo Roberts in 2008 and 75-year-old Nina Whitney, Kansas City, in 2010.

In September, a jury found Moreland guilty of murdering Roberts.

He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of probation or parole.

Moreland was also charged with armed criminal action, which carries a 50-year sentence.

Following the sentencing in Robert’s case, prosecutors are now working to convict Moreland of the rape.

Moreland was in court for a case review on Nov. 22. Three days later, his attorney, Jeff Martin, filed a motion for change of judge. The court denied the motion.

The pre-trial conference has been scheduled for 3 p.m. Feb. 10, 2014.

Following the second series of court proceedings in Cass County, Moreland is expected to go on trial in Jackson County for Whitney’s murder.

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