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Saturday, January 25, 1997
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V VM1HQU Amjm 4un . .4tfMr" .. ' D-10 The Orlando Sentinel, Saturday, January 25, 1997 SE JUX: HARDWARE AM HARDWARM HARDWARE .1 III Mi Slaying of boy, 8, will get new look The case was closed by then-State Attorney Steve Alexander after Dimitric Moore's mother was acquitted in his slaying. By Pat LaMee OF THE SENTINEL STAFF NEW SMYRNA BEACH - The new top prosecutor for Volusia County said Friday his office will take a fresh look at the unsolved April 1995 slaying of 8-year-old Dimitric Moore. State Attorney John Tanner said a homicide with no conviction remains open unless there are no leads, no new evidence and no suspects. Tanner's comments came as a crew for Unsolved Mysteries, an NBC television program, was preparing to come to Volusia this weekend to research a segment for possible airing on the show. The boy's mother, Ora Lee Moore, 37, was acquitted in June on a manslaughter charge. Then-State Attorney Steve Alexander and then-Assistant State Attorney Liz Blackburn prosecuted the case. After the acquittal, the prosecutor's office and New Smyrna Beach police said the case was closed. Tanner disagreed with that conclusion reached by his predecessor, who lost in the fall election. "We'll see if there are any leads that were not pursued and if there are indications of any suspects in the case," Tanner said Friday. Moore was accused by prosecutors of drowning her son in a bathtub because he returned home late and dirty. Moore testified that Dimitric never came home the night of April 23, 1995. His naked body was found in the trunk of her car the day after she reported him missing. Her older son, Damin, 22, was putting a sweater in the car when he found the body. Jury forewoman Carol Lawrence of Deltona said Friday she is delighted to learn the case isn't closed after all. "I think it's a wonderful move and anything we can do to get the New Smyrna Beach police to reopen the case is great," she said. "Our jury panel unanimously acquitted Ora Lee Moore. We felt the investigation should have continued and the police should have tried to find out who really did it," Lawrence said. Attorney James Crock, who previously represented Moore, said he was in contact with Unsolved Mysteries several months ago and is pleased there is follow-up being done on the case. Moore's public defender during the trial, Matt Phillips, said Friday he is happy that Tanner will review arrest papers, trial files and other documents in the case. New Smyrna Beach police would not comment on Friday. Beth Sims, editor of the 33rd-ranked TV show that is aired Friday nights, told The Orlando Sentinel she had talked with Moore over the past several months. Television show director John Joseph is coming to New Smyrna Beach to talk with the Moore family, witnesses and neighbors. "We'll be talking to people who ; know her well . . . character witnesses like Assistant Public Defender Matt Phillips and others," Sims said. The program doesn't offer rewards but provides a toll-free hot line for people who would rather call in than talk to police, she said. Members of The Friends of Ora Moore, who posted bail to get her released from jail and later raised a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killer, also will be interviewed, Sims said. The reward effort was dropped because of a lack of calls to the Friends hot line, said Bob Ielfield, one of Moore's supporters. Moore said she is encouraged that the story of her son's death may air, but she remained critical of police. Moore thinks police, after her acquittal, should have continued investigating the death of Dimitric, who was a straight-A student at Read-Pattillo Elementary. Who we are Call us, write us The Orlando Sentinel has two offices to serve readers in Seminole County. The Casselberry bureau, covering news in south Seminole, is at 4580 S. U.S. Highway 17-92, 32707. The main newsroom number is (407) 830-2450; fax number is (407) 830-2459. The Sanford office, covering north Seminole, is at 541 N. Palmetto Ave., Suite 105, 32771. The main number is (407)322-3513; fax number is (407)321-7435. The staff EDITORS Lisa F. Lochridge, Seminole County editor: (407) 830-2451 Jim Robison, Assistant County editor: (407) 420-5137 COLUMNISTS Don Boyett, Our County: (407)830-2460 Jim Robison, Seminole's Past: (407)420-5137 Mike Berry, Today's Assignment: (407) 322-1297 NEWS WRITERS Elaine Bennett: Sanford and Lake Mary; (407)320-0915. Mike Berry: education; (407)322-1297. Mary Brooks: Seminole County government, transportation, the environment; (407) 830-2457. Sharon McBreen: law enforcement and politics; (407) 830-2453 Robert Perez: Seminole County government and politics; (407)322-1298. Beth Taylor: courts; (407) 324-7294. 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