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Michael Keith Moore Charged With the murder of Rachel Cooke … Then Pleads Not Guilty

Michael Keith Moore has been charged with the murder of disappearance of Rachel Rachel CookeCooke. Rachel Cooke has been missing on January 10, 2002. I had the opportunity to meet Robert Cooke, Rachel’s dad in Aruba searching for Natalee Holloway. We were actually roommates in Aruba and discussed his daughter’s disappearance back in July of 2005. My heart goes out to Robert, his wife and their family that they may get justice for Rachel.

The document obtained by KXAN charges Moore with killing Cooke by “striking her with a hammer, by suffocating her, by some manner and means unknown, or by a combination of these acts.”

These type of filings are usually presented when the person suspected of the crime has agreed to plead guilty. But that is not what happened. (KXAN)

Moore pleaded not guilty even though he had previously agreed to plead guilty to the crimes but double crossed District Attorney John Bradley

Bradley is not happy. He was promised a guilty plea by Moore, only to be duped by a not-guilty plea at the last minute. Why it happened is anybody’s guess.

Michael Moore

(Michael Moore)

However, seeing that Michael Keith Moore having already been convicted to 3 life sentences it is not all that difficult to understand why this piece of human debris would do such a thing. He has previously been convicted of killing Christina Moore. Michael Keith Moore had contacted the Willaims County Sheriff’s department and told them things regarding Rachel Cooke’s murder that only the killer would know.

As the sheriff points out, it was Moore who called them in August, wanting to confess details that…

“Only the person that was involved in the abduction and obviously the slaying of michael keith mooreRachel Cooke could have known,” Williamson County Sheriff James Wilson said.

So what’s next? Did Moore pull a fast one on the DA or did he set himself up for an even harsher penalty by mocking the system and the authorities? Two things they’re sure of…

“His confession was in all likelihood true,” Wilson said.

Hopefully the DA will file charges against Moore and ask for the death sentence, something he has so richly earned and deserves. (Check out his criminal past)

Rachel Cooke’s Parents Speak Out

Her father told KXAN that he couldn’t believe Moore would put them through this situation and string them along.

“We feel like we were being victimized a second time. But we’ve developed a new motto today, and that’s, ‘We’re not done yet,’” Robert Cooke, Rachel Cooke’s father, said.

“He has decided to play with us a little bit, but we’re still here. We’re not going away,” Janet Cooke, Rachel Cooke’s mother, said. (KXAN)

Why Moore May Have Changed His Plea

District Judge Jon Wisser says he’s seen people confess for all sorts of reasons.

“Maybe they just want to get out of jail. Maybe they want to get in front of the television cameras again,” Wisser said.

This is what Williamson County Sheriff James Wilson says about Moore’s confession.

“It was pretty obvious that he had to have been there, had to have been in the location,” Wilson said on Thursday. (KXAN)

November 10th, 2006 at 10:17pm Posted by | Crime/Murder, Missing, Missing Adult, Pictures, Rachel Cooke | one comment

Jason Young Ordered to Give Evidence in the Murder of Michelle Young … Jason Young named Suspect

Jason Young, the husband of murdered and pregnant Michelle Young was ordered by a Jason_Young1judge to provide investigators with fingerprints, blood samples and other forms of evidence. Jason Young has been named a suspect. The case somewhat resembles the Entwistle murder where the wife was found murdered in her home, husband was not present. However, in that case, sadly, the young child was killed as well.

Young, 32, is named as a suspect on the order, however, he was not required to make a statement, nor was he subject to interrogation, according to Willoughby. Detectives had already seized his car as part of their investigation.

Young has not been charged with anything. A call to his attorney for comment was not returned Wednesday afternoon.

According to the Sheriff’s office, Jason Young complied with the order and went to the City-County Bureau of Identification.

According to the North Carolina general statutes, sheriff’s investigators can use a nontestimonial order to obtain an array of material evidence including fingerprints, palm prints, footprints, blood specimens, hair samples, voice samples and photographs.

Willoughby said the order is less intrusive procedure than a search warrant that requires a lower standard of proof.

“A search warrant requires probable cause, but with a nontestimonial order you are only required to have reasonable suspicion to suspect some person,” Willoughby said Wednesday. (News Observer)

November 10th, 2006 at 06:50pm Posted by | Crime/Murder, Michelle Young, Neil Entwistle, Pictures | 2 comments

Michelle M. Young, 29, Formerly of Sayville, NY Found Dead in NC … Laid to Rest

The body of Michelle M. Young, 29, was found in her home outside of Raleigh, NC dead. Michelle_YoungYoung was formerly a cheerleader, Michelle Fisher, at Sayville High School in Long Island. Michelle Young was four months pregnant. Cassidy, her 2 year old daughter was by her side when Michelle’s body was found unaware that her mother was dead.

The Wake County sheriff’s office is treating the incident as a homicide and authorities have recently begun speaking with Jason Young, the husband, who was away on a business trip the day her body was found, according to the Raleigh News & Observer.

“It was a violent death,” Phyllis Stephens, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office told the newspaper. The reported cause of death was blunt force trauma. (News Day)

Anyone with any information, please call Wake County Sheriff’s Office at 919-856-6800.

Slain Mother Laid To Rest; Case Draws National Attention

Family members and friends Thursday gathered for the funeral of a young mother who was found dead in her Raleigh home.

Flowers draped the casket and the song “Isn’t She Lovely” played during the service. But friends of Michelle Young said it did not do their friend justice. (WRAL)


(Jason & Michelle Young)

It is a mystery as to who murdered Michelle Young in her home. Investigators search the crime scene and interview witnesses. Authorities think Young was murdered sometime between midnight to about 6:00 AM Friday morning.

“It’s a mystery. That is what’s so gripping about it,” Van Susteren told WRAL Michelle_young1Thursday evening. “People are supposed to be safe in their homes, but they’re not, as demonstrated by this woman.”

Investigators said Young had been at home with friends until about 10:30 p.m. the night before her body was found. Her husband, Jason Young, told authorities he was out of town on business when his sister-in-law, Meredith Fisher, found his wife’s body.

Fisher told authorities she had received a call from Jason Young asking her to go to his house to pick up something. Authorities said it was a fax.

Slain Woman’s Husband Comes Under Scrutiny

Jason Young, 32, was responding to a court order that allows authorities to take physical evidence from someone close to a criminal case. He arrived with attorney Roger W. Smith Jr. at the City County Bureau of Identification at the Wake County Public Safety Center.

Young’s wife, Michelle Young, 29, died last week from blunt force trauma, according to preliminary autopsy reports. She was also about 20 weeks pregnant with her second child at the time.

Under law, the basis for the non-testimonial order is when “there are reasonable grounds to suspect the person named or described in the affidavit committed the offense.” Detectives can collect blood samples and DNA samples as well as fingerprints, Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby said. (WRAL)

November 10th, 2006 at 06:15pm Posted by | child welfare, Crime/Murder, Found Deceased, Michelle Young, Pictures | one comment