Saturday, October 29, 2011

Sparta, GA: Jury: Sparta man guilty of killing ex-girlfriend

A 56-year-old Sparta man was sentenced to life in prison Friday after Hancock County jurors found him guilty of killing his ex-girlfriend.
Jurors deliberated for seven hours before finding Robert Moss guilty of fatally shooting 51-year-old Rosa Mae Brown just over a year ago, said Fred Bright, district attorney for the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit.

The trial began in Hancock County Superior Court on Tuesday.
Testimony during the trial described the relationship Moss and Brown shared for about 10 years and how it ended a couple of months before Brown was killed. Moss was angry about the breakup, Bright said.
Moss and Brown lived in two trailers on Cobb Road, located about 14 feet apart.
On the afternoon of Oct. 19, 2010, Brown had gone outside to retrieve sheets and clothes she’d hung up to dry. She dropped the laundry she’d been carrying when the gunshot struck her head, killing her, Bright said.
He said the shot was fired at close range. A .22-caliber shell casing recovered near Brown’s body matched three other casings found close to Moss’s back door.
Neighbors said they heard Moss fire shots into the air a few days before the killing after expressing anger toward Brown, Bright said.
Later, authorities found Moss’s .22-caliber rifle in a ditch within two miles of the trailers.
To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.

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