Cousin denies role in Colusa bombing death
SACRAMENTO — Testifying on the witness stand for almost the entire day on Monday, a nervous Peter Moore responded to questions about his temper and implications that he was responsible for the bombing death of Roberto Ayala on July 16, 2011.
Moore's cousin, Paul Moore, is on trial for the murder of Ayala in a Colusa County Superior Court case being heard in a Sacramento courthouse.
Defense attorney Linda Parisi has argued that Peter Moore is responsible for placing a bomb in an electrical panel in a ricefield south of Colusa. She said that Peter Moore was jealous of Ayala's relationship with the owners of Moore Brothers' farm and that he wanted Ayala's job.
Peter Moore's house was searched on July 19, 2011, in relation to the case, and he testified that he was worried and upset at the time of the investigation.
"You were worried that you might be found out to be involved in Roberto Ayala's murder," Parisi said.
Peter Moore responded, "I was worried because I knew I didn't have anything to do with it and I was worried they wouldn't find out the truth."
Parisi questioned Peter Moore about a number of text messages and other communications during which he physically threatened individuals, including Ayala about a month prior to his murder.
In a text Peter Moore sent to Paul Moore he said, "When his wing's better, he's all mine," referring to Ayala who had a shoulder surgery.
"Paul Moore was telling me bad stuff that Robert was saying about me, and that's what I said back," Peter Moore testified.
Peter Moore said that he was raised to fight and then shake hands to deal with his problems and that he knows he has a big mouth.
Parisi asked Peter Moore if he hated Ayala. He said he didn't, he just didn't like him.
"He had a way about him that we just didn't mix. He was arrogant, didn't give me the time of day. Didn't show me respect."
Other witnesses have testified throughout the trial that Peter Moore "talks a lot and has a big mouth," but generally that he is "all bite and no bark."
Parisi said to Peter Moore, "Your temper has caused some problems in the community."
He said, "I'm not the easiest guy to get along with."
"I've let people get to me and I've said a lot I regret. I feel bad that I've let my mouth run ... this has really brought everything into perspective for me," Peter Moore said.
Parisi attempted to ask if he meant that murdering Ayala brought everything into perspective, but prosecution objected, stating that her statement was argumentative. The objection was sustained.
Earlier in the day, prosecutor Special Assistant Attorney General David Druliner asked Peter Moore if he heard Ayala say bad things about him and Peter Moore responded, he didn't, but that his cousin told him Ayala said bad things about him.
In addition, he said, "Paul told me that my dad kicked me out of the will ... Paul told me that Robert (Ayala) said that he was going to get my share of what was in the will."
"Paul was my only communication with the family at that time, for about a year and eight months. ... Paul's been poisoning me with horrible information for a year and eight months," Peter Moore said.
Peter Moore also testified that during the year before Ayala's murder, he helped his cousin in family matters because he was concerned about his cousin's health.
"I was afraid that Paul was going to commit suicide. ... He was very depressed," he testified.
Trial continues on Tuesday as the prosecution nears the end of its case.