Eastern Kentucky Deputy Charged With Murder

An Eastern Kentucky special deputy faces murder charges tonight, months after officials say he shot a man at a party.

It happened back in June in Harlan County.

The victim died several weeks after the shooting, but officials waited until today to file charges.

Friends and family of Leslie Cox have said from the beginning that the shooting of Cox was personal and not necessary.

Cox's family was having a birthday party, when police say there were reports of people fighting at the Harlan County Lake.

That's when Special Deputy Scott Moore showed up.

Police say Moore told everyone in the area to leave, and that's when they say Cox charged at the deputy.

Police reports say Deputy Moore struck Cox with his gun and shot him in the head.

The victim's family have disputed the story, saying Cox never charged at the deputy.

They say Deputy Moore was out to harm Cox because of a personal vendetta.

Cox died in the hospital close to a month after he was shot.

Kentucky State Police began an investigation, which resulted in a murder indicted against Deputy Moore.

Moore was put in jail this morning on a 25 thousand dollar bond.
He's now out of jail, pending a trial date.

The Harlan County Sheriff says Moore's position as deputy has now been revoked.


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  • by Keith Location: CT on Jan 7, 2009 at 12:38 PM
    In response to (James)comment. He isn't the card holder, you are, it's called the race card.
  • by c Location: fkt on Oct 4, 2007 at 05:05 AM
    I'm sure Moore is not the only law enforcement officer who used his position for personnel reasons! Too many of them put that badge on and then think they are above the law they have sworn to uphold! Most of this type of thing would stop, if we had two officers together at all times! I realize that that would be expensive, but it is necessary to keep these cocky officers in check! I respect their job, but do not always agree with their methods! One must ask, why does one takes on the responsiblity of a law enforcement officers? The pay is low, the danger is high. So why do they do it? The answer for most of the young ones, is nothing more than to gain power over others! A rookie officer should not be left alone for at least one year after becoming an officer. There should alway be a seasoned officer with him/her to ensure their motive for becoming an officer in the first place! And if they find his/her motives to be wrong, then get rid of them immediately!
  • by Uncle Joe Location: Knoxville on Oct 4, 2007 at 02:27 AM
    This is an injustice to Les. Scott Moore needs to be placed in jail without bond. Harlan County does it again. Where else can you walk away from murder by posting $2500.00.
  • by Concerned Location: Whitesburg on Oct 3, 2007 at 08:29 PM
    I am very concerned about the safety of the public in the future, when the police officers get fed up with being abused and pushed around by these outlaws and decide to choose another career. Look at the number of cases where drug dealers, murderers, child molesters, etc. fight with the police officers and then if the police officers fight back or try to protect themselves, they end up in trouble. I think that if these outlaws are stupid enough to fight with a police officer, they should get shot. That's what's wrong with our system now, the outlaws have all the rights and the victims and law enforcement have no rights.
  • by james Location: london on Oct 3, 2007 at 03:34 PM
    this card carrying deputy should go to jail .we have way too many cops abusing their authorithy and thankfully their getting weeded out daily !

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