Moss Gets Life Without Parole in Jones Co. Murder | News
A Jones County judge today gave Pamela Moss life without parole for killing businessman Doug Coker in 2012.
Judge Trent Brown told Moss that he found her "intelligent," "manipulative" and "calculating." He said she was motivated by greed and showed no regard for life.
That statement came less than an hour after the jury's verdict came back, just after noon.
The jury found her guilty of both malice murder and felony murder. They deliberated for barely an hour after hearing two-plus days of testimony.
Prosecutors said Moss killed Coker by hitting him in the head several times with a hammer. Then she dumped his body under her back porch, in the River North neighborhood, and covered it with a tarp and lime.
Her defense lawyer argued that Moss was not responsible, because she suffered from multiple personalities and acted under a "delusional compulsion."
In his closing arguments, District Attorney Fred Bright called that argument "garbage, pure garbage" and told the jury to "throw it out the window."
He said Moss' actions showed that she knew right from wrong and acted to cover up the killing.
After the verdict was announced, Coker family and friends cried, smiled and breathed sighs of relief.
Bright asked for life without parole.
He said this is the second person Moss has killed, because she served prison time for killing her mother in the 1990s. He said he would have asked for the death penalty in this latest except, but the previous killing was downgraded to involuntary manslaughter rather than murder.
The sentencing portion of the trial started with the victim's wife reading a statement about what she'll miss about her husband.
Moss was not in the courtroom for the closing statements, but sat through the verdict.
That's when Judy Coker, the victim's wife, told Moss, "I think you are evil."