BURLINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- The trial of a former Warren County, Ohio, sheriff's deputy accused of killing his parents is set to begin Monday with jury selection.
The Kentucky Enquirer (http://bit.ly/17bnWEr) reports 43-year-old Michael Moore appears to be preparing a claim of self-defense in the 2009 fatal shooting of Warren and Madge Moore. The newspaper cited court filings and recent hearings.
That claim would conflict with what he told investigators immediately after the shootings. Moore has blamed the killings on an anonymous intruder.
The newspaper reports the trial could last up to seven weeks.
In court filings, prosecutors say Moore had an increasingly fractured relationship with his parents because of his drug addiction, unemployment and stealing.
The documents say Moore lost his job as a deputy in 2004 after an accusation that he and another person manufactured methamphetamine. Records show he was found guilty in Ohio of possession of dangerous drugs and theft in office and served 90 days in jail.
Commonwealth's Attorney Linda Talley Smith wrote in court filings that Moore put off investigators who wanted to talk to him after the shootings saying he was too heavily medicated from the gunshot wound he had suffered to comprehend conversations.
"After his discharge from the hospital, law enforcement received multiple calls from friends, family and neighbors that (Moore) was driving a vehicle and going out at night drinking and using illegal drugs again," Smith wrote.
She said that before the killings Moore's desire for prescription pills became so great that he began to borrow and steal them from his mother, who suffered from multiple sclerosis.
When Warren Moore found out, he took action.
"When Warren Moore became aware that his son was also stealing his mother's narcotic pain medication on top of her giving them to him, he began storing the medications in a safe in the couple's master bedroom," Smith wrote. "When even that did not keep (Moore) from Madge's medication, Warren began locking those medications in his desk drawer at the Union City Building."
Smith said in filings that Moore had gotten caught in a lie to his parents and he went to their home in the hours before they were shot to death.
When police arrived at the scene, they found the couple dead and Moore in the basement of their home with a gunshot wound to his thigh.
Information from: The Kentucky Enquirer, http://www.nky.com