Accused killer 'needs to be protected from other inmates'

Earl Moore Jr. sent to Raleigh prison for safety
Jun. 29, 2013 @ 08:30 AM

Murder suspect Earl Franklin Moore Jr. has been moved out of the Caldwell County Jail and sent to Central Prison in Raleigh for his own safety.

The Caldwell County Sheriff's Office reported to court officials that Moore "poses a security risk, needs to be protected from other inmates, and the county jail facilities cannot provide such protection," court records said.

Judge Mark Killian of Caldwell District Court signed an order Wednesday to place Moore in the custody of the warden of Central Prison until he can be returned to Caldwell County for his next court hearing, which is scheduled for July 15.

Moore was sent to the Raleigh prison on Thursday, Capt. Marc Jardon said. When asked if Moore had been threatened by other inmates, Jardon declined to comment.

Moore, 34, was charged with murder June 21 and accused of killing Raoul Anton "Ooley" Dula, 34, whose bloody, mutilated body was found about 6 a.m. June 20 in the front yard of a house at 2508 Flintstone Court, owned by Thomas Hines Ferguson. Dula and Ferguson were acquaintances.

Dula had been seen with Moore and Jenny Lynn Childress in the hours before he was killed.

Childress and Moore both have been charged in an earlier, unrelated theft of guns from Moore's father. Childress has not been charged in the killing, but she has told her mother that she was present when Moore killed Dula.

Divers searched the Old Millpond in Granite Falls in the days after the killing and removed something from it, believed to have been the murder weapon and a pair of jeans taken from Dula's body, but investigators have not confirmed what they found.

A motive for the killing has not yet been disclosed.