Michelle and Gregory Moore. Gregory Moore was killed by a hit-and-run driver while jogging in July 2021 in Maple Valley. COURTESY PHOTO, Moore family

Michelle and Gregory Moore. Gregory Moore was killed by a hit-and-run driver while jogging in July 2021 in Maple Valley. COURTESY PHOTO, Moore family

Hearing continued again in SeaTac girl’s hit-and-run murder case

Teen charged 15 months ago awaits trial in 2021 death of Gregory Moore in Maple Valley

It’s been 15 months and there’s still not a trial date for a SeaTac girl facing a second-degree murder charge for the July 2021 hit-and-run death of Gregory Moore as he jogged in Maple Valley.

Court hearing after court hearing keeps getting continued for a variety of reasons before both sides and a judge can agree on a trial date.

At the latest hearing Dec. 7 at the Patricia H. Clark Children and Family Justice Center in Seattle, King County Superior Court Judge Nelson K.H. Lee continued the hearing to Dec. 14.

“The defense expert is asking to meet for an interview and there are CPS (state Child Protective Services) records that are outstanding that need to be provided for an expert to review,” said Casey McNerthney, spokesperson for the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, in a Dec. 9 email. “The judge continued the hearing and directed CPS to provide all records by Dec. 14. The judge also indicated that if those records are not completed then the defense will present a subpoena.”

At the next hearing, Judge Lee wants a full report of any outstanding items and when the expert’s report will be complete, McNerthney said.

The girl, now 17 but 15 at the time of the incident, was charged in September 2021 with killing Moore, 53, as he jogged in the morning near his Maple Valley home. The Kent Reporter is not naming the girl because she is a juvenile.

She has remained in custody at the Patricia H. Clark Children and Family Justice Center since deputies took her into custody in September 2021.

Prosecutors charged the girl with second-degree murder for allegedly hitting Moore with a car and then fleeing the scene. She pleaded not guilty. The case remained unsolved for about eight weeks. King County Sheriff’s Office detectives used headlight fragments found near the scene, video surveillance and other evidence to identify a 2004 Toyota Camry that reportedly hit Moore and led detectives to the girl.

In addition to the second-degree murder charge, the teen also faces a second-degree assault and felony hit-and-run charge in a separate case. During the investigation into Moore’s death, detectives found evidence that led to further charges against the girl in a July 2021 hit-and-run in Des Moines that reportedly injured a pedestrian who has not yet been identified.

Youth who are 16 at the time of a crime can legally be charged as an adult if they are charged with a felony. The girl was charged in juvenile court because of her age.


Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@kentreporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.kentreporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in News

t
Kent School Board bans fellow member from labor contract talks

Controversial 3-2 vote singles out Donald Cook because his wife teaches in the district

Ex-Seattle Seahawks lineman Chad Wheeler received a prison sentence of six years and nine months for assaulting his girlfriend in 2021 at their Kent apartment. COURTESY FILE PHOTO, Seattle Seahawks
Judge sentences ex-Seahawks lineman Chad Wheeler to prison

Receives sentence of six years and nine months for 2021 Kent assault of his girlfriend

t
Vehicle strikes, injures two juvenile pedestrians in Kent

Police say the juveniles ran across SE 256th Street on Feb. 28 while traffic had the green light

Public Health – Seattle & King County staff administer a COVID-19 vaccine to a local emergency responder. COURTESY FILE PHOTO, Public Health-Seattle & King County
Kent COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic to close at end of March

Still time to get free shots before federal funding for clinic expires

t
Kent Police catch Soos Creek Elementary School burglary suspect

Officers arrest 23-year-old Kent woman after foot pursuit in Feb. 26 incident

t
Kent Police Blotter: Feb. 14-22

Incidents include vehicle robbery, machete threat, teen shot and injured

t
Medical examiner identifies pedestrian, 56, killed on Kent’s West Hill

Bruce Brooks died from multiple blunt force injuries in collision with vehicle on Pacific Highway S.

t
Kent Salary Commission proposes $9,132 pay hike for mayor this year

Annual pay to jump to $212,088; residents can offer input about increase at March 14 meeting

t
Trooper shot in Kent ‘lucky to be alive,’ according to sources

Tourniquet had to be applied to his leg to save his life

Donald Cook. COURTESY PHOTO, Kent School District
Kent School Board member Cook focus of proposed resolution | Update

Measure would form Labor Policy Committee that excludes Cook due to potential conflict

t
Seattle male pedestrian killed in Kent after collision with vehicle

Reportedly stepped into lanes Feb. 26 in 24400 block of Pacific Highway South

t
Kent Police make robbery arrests after West Hill carjacking

Vehicle reportedly taken near Pacific Highway South; pursuit ends in Auburn