Appeal from The 22nd Judicial District Court,
Parish of St. Tammany, State of Louisiana Trial Court No.
594814 The Honorable Peter J. Garcia, Judge Presiding
L. Montgomery District Attorney J. Bryant Clark Jr. Assistant
District Attorney Covington, Louisiana Attorneys for
Appellee, State of Louisiana
Prentice L. White Baton Rouge, Louisiana Attorney for
Defendant/Appellant, Ronald Douglas Moore Jr.
BEFORE: WHIPPLE, C.J., GUIDRY, AND CRAIN, JJ.
defendant, Ronald D. Moore Jr., was found guilty of first
degree rape and aggravated burglary. See La. R.S.
14:42A and 14:60A(3). For first degree rape, he was sentenced
to life imprisonment without benefit of probation, parole, or
suspension of sentence. He was sentenced to 15 years at hard
labor for aggravated burglary, with both sentences to run
concurrently. The defendant appeals. We affirm.
night of August 4, 2017, P.R., a 53 year-old female, was home
alone watching television and fell asleep on her
couch. At some point after 1:00 a.m., she was
awakened by a man standing over her and touching her breasts.
Unsure if what she was perceiving was actually happening, RR.
said words to the effect of "this can't be, "
to which the intruder responded, "Yes, this is f--g
happening." RR. immediately began to fight, kick,
scratch, and scream, "trying with all [her] might to get
him off." As she attempted to kick herself free, RR.
grabbed a picture frame and hit the intruder on the head. He
pushed her to the floor, choking her like "he was mad at
[her] for fighting." The assailant repeatedly hit her in
the head, cursed her, and told her he would slit her throat
if she made another sound. He then repeatedly raped RR.
times during the attack, the man stopped and looked around
the house, asking RR. if she had anything of value he could
take. He threatened to kill her if he found anything she had
not disclosed, and got angrier when he discovered no cash in
the house. He found and took a bottle of prescription muscle
relaxers, then resumed raping RR. Before leaving, the
assailant took RR.'s driver's license and cell phone,
and gave her a final "warning" that if she reported
the matter to the police, he would kill her and her entire
family. RR. estimated the attack lasted about an hour and a
half to two hours.
the assailant left, P.R. drove straight to a friend's
house, arriving at about 3:45 a.m. On the way, she saw her
assailant walking a street in her neighborhood. P.R.'s
friend, after listening to P.R. describe what happened, drove
P.R. back to her house to get more clothes and then to the
hospital, where the police were contacted and P.R. underwent
a comprehensive rape examination. The physical examination
revealed extensive abrasions, bruising, and evidence of
strangulation, including petechiae, as well as vaginal
tearing and redness to the anal folds. Foreign DNA was
obtained from P.R.'s clothing and several locations on
her body, including under her fingernails. The examining
forensic nurse concluded P.R.'s injuries were consistent
with her account of an attack and rape.
with the Mandeville Police Department (MPD) interviewed P.R.
at the hospital, and she recounted the attack, including a
description of the assailant and the location where she last
saw him walking. Responding officers found an empty bottle of
muscle relaxers prescribed to P.R. on the ground a short
distance from her residence. They also located a broken
picture frame on the floor of P.R.'s living room.
Security camera footage from a nearby convenience store
revealed a man matching the description given by P.R. walking
from the direction of P.R.'s house at about 3:19 a.m.
P.R. was shown a still image from the video and immediately
confirmed the man in the image was the person who raped her.
MPD posted the image and a sketch of the assailant on social
media, where the defendant's former step-brother saw it
and identified the defendant to MPD. Pursuant to a search
warrant, clothing consistent with P.R.'s description of
her attacker's clothing was seized at the defendant's
defendant was arrested and interviewed by MPD detectives. He
said on the night of the crime a friend, Ashley Paille,
picked him up at his house and they drove to a bar. After
Paille began talking to two guys in the bar, the defendant
started drinking heavily and eventually walked out into the
parking lot. There, he claimed he met a girl and two guys,
and paid them to take him home. He remembers getting in their
vehicle but claimed to have no memory of anything that
occurred after that point. He denied raping P.R. or entering
her house. He said a red mark under his eye was the result of
a fight "a while back." When the detective pointed
out a rip in his shirt that was visible on the security
camera video, the defendant said he did not know how his
shirt was torn, offering, "I might've got mad at
myself, I don't know."
recorded telephone conversation at the jail between the
defendant and his mother, he said he had intercourse with
"a chick, " but it was in a car, not a house, and
she brought him home. He denied ever going into a house that
night, and did not remember going to the convenience store.
The defendant claimed P.R. was "somebody craving
confirmed she picked up the defendant at his house in Lacombe
on the night of the crime, and the two went to a bar about a
block from P.R.'s house. Paille said the defendant
appeared jealous and wanted to leave after she began talking
with two men at the bar. Between 1:00 a.m. and 1:30 a.m.,
after consuming several drinks, the defendant said he was
walking home and left. When Paille left at around 2:00 a.m.,
she texted the defendant but got no response. She then called
him, but the call went straight to voicemail. A significant
time later, the defendant responded and said he was home. In
the ensuing days, Paille saw security camera images and
immediately realized the person in the video was the
defendant. [455-56] He was wearing the same clothes; the ...