Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Police: Cocoa Man Killed Ex-Girlfriend's Date

uly 23, 2009

Days before Rockledge slaying, woman reported beating

Police search for suspect in killing of new suitor


On July 11, Tonya Dukes suffered a bloody lip and bruises on her neck and chest at the hands of her ex-boyfriend, court documents said. Now that ex-boyfriend is the object of a manhunt, accused of breaking into the home of her new boyfriend and shooting him dead.

According to a petition for a restraining order filed by Dukes earlier this month in Brevard Circuit Court, Alvin Terriffic Adderley, 35, beat up the 31-year-old woman July 11 when he came to pick up their son for a birthday party.

Adderley of Cocoa is on the run after authorities say he broke into the Rockledge home of 28-year-old Kenneth Thomas Moore Jr. early Tuesday. Police said he woke up the couple then gunned down Moore while Dukes hid in a closet and called 9-1-1.

A hearing on Dukes' injunction petition was set for Friday in Viera.

Dukes wrote in a sheriff's report of the July 11 altercation at her home that Adderley "started an argument and then began choking me until I passed out."

"Once I came to, he began to yell again and punched me in the chest knocking me to the ground and then he punched me in my face," she continued.

"He stole my purse and made non-authorized withdrawals out of my bank account."

Moore, a mortician who friends said dreamed of opening his own funeral home, was the son of longtime family advocate Barbara Moore, president and CEO of the Child Care Association of Brevard County, a Cocoa-based nonprofit. He was the brother of attorney Kendall Moore, a former Rockledge City Council member who ran unsuccessfully last year for state Senate.

Dive teams with the Brevard County Sheriff's Office and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission searched a retention pond Wednesday behind the 1378 Centennial Way home Moore shared with his parents for any items that might be related to the killing.

"He was just a good guy," family friend Paula Hall-Collins said of the 2000 Rockledge High graduate and father of three who "loved his motorcycle" and sang with the praise team and played drums at Faith Temple Christian Center.

Rockledge police spokesman Michael Cadore refused to say whether police had the murder weapon or to identify the type of weapon.

But, he said, police were following "strong leads" in their search for Adderley, including tips that he might be in Georgia or the Carolinas.

"We're leaving no leaf unturned," Cadore said.

Authorities said other violence preceded the killings. Dukes filed a police report and received a temporary injunction on claims Adderley battered her.

Rockledge police were searching for him to arrest him on a warrant for aggravated assault at the time of the shooting Tuesday, said Cpl. Alice DiBiase-Deakins.

Adderley, whose photo and description was posted Wednesday on the "America's Most Wanted" Web site, is now also being sought on a warrant for first-degree murder and other felony charges, she said.

Dukes is safe and with family, authorities said.

Police said they did not know how long Dukes had dated either Adderley or Moore, or the nature of the tensions between Adderley and Dukes.

"It's still difficult to determine at this point" whether Adderley was specifically targeting Moore or Dukes when he broke into the home, Cadore said. "We're pursuing all avenues as far as to motive."

Contact Summers at 242-3642 or ksummers@floridatoday.com.

Additional Facts

Police Are Searching For Alvin Adderly In Connection With Rockledge Shooting

POSTED: 5:32 am EDT July 21, 2009
UPDATED: 6:03 pm EDT July 21, 2009

Deputies in Brevard County are searching for a gunman after a man was slain in Rockledge on Tuesday.

Alvin Adderly
Alvin Adderly

Cpl. Alice DiBiase-Deakins of the Rockledge Police Department said 35-year-old Alvin Adderley (pictured) of Cocoa burst into a home on Centennial Way, where his former girlfriend was visiting 28-year-old Kenneth Moore Jr.

DiBiase-Deakins said the two men got into an altercation and Adderley shot and killed Moore. Police said the woman had a previous domestic violence injunction against Adderley and that the two share a child.

The home belonged to Moore's family. His parents were on vacation.

DiBiase-Deakins said Adderley's criminal history includes armed robbery, kidnapping with a weapon, aggravated assault, shooting into an occupied vehicle, false imprisonment, stalking and carjacking.

Adderley's grandparents said their hearts go out to Moore's family, but said they stand by their grandson.

"He's just a great kid," Annette Adderley said. "And I hate that all this happened and my heart goes out to the family because, you know, I lost a few kids myself and I know that feeling. But I'm just so sorry it happened."

Adderley is 5 feet 7 inches tall, 240 pounds, with gold teeth. He was last seen driving a gold Mercury Mountaineer, with Florida tag P68-5QU.

The woman involved is in protective custody with Rockledge police.

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