The Paul Moore trial: Defense expected to cast suspicion on cousin
Defense attorney Linda Parisi hasn't had the chance to fully outline her argument, but during her opening statement last week, she said she is confident that as the jurors listen, they will find that it was Peter Moore, not his cousin Paul Moore, who is responsible for the bombing.
She said investigators found receipts relating to evidence at Peter Moore's house, not Paul Moore.
"Peter killed Roberto Ayala to replace him at the ranch, but that didn't work," Parisi said last week in sacramento County Superior Court, where the trial was moved.
Although evidence was found at Paul Moore's house, she claimed Peter Moore planted it.
"He planted evidence to frame his cousin, but that didn't work either, because he didn't count on you being here," she said to the jury.
Parisi has taken the opportunity to build an image of Peter Moore while cross-examining witnesses.
In response to her questioning, Detective Sgt. Mark Troughton said he knew of Peter Moore because he was a year ahead of him in school and they were rivals in sports.
Troughton said Peter Moore was a tough guy to describe, but he is, basically, "ornery, argumentative. A difficult guy to get along with."
He said Peter Moore was "all bark and no bite," and he has "never known him to be physically violent."
Under questioning from Parisi, Troughton agreed that Peter Moore was familiar with the location of the bomb site because he would drop clippings from his landscaping business in the area.
Troughton also agreed that "Roberto Ayala had been put in Peter Moore's place (on the farm)."
Victim's brother testifies
The victim's brother, Edward Ayala, took the stand a couple of times over the past week.
Parisi asked him if he listed Peter Moore as an enemy of his brother's.
"He just didn't like my brother," Ayala said.
He said "it's fair" to say that he doesn't like Peter Moore after Parisi asked him a few times.
"He has a loose tongue. ... He talks too much. Nobody likes a person that talks too much," he said.
In cross-examination with prosecutor Special Assistant Attorney General David Druliner, Ayala said that he had never had a physical confrontation with Paul Moore.
When Parisi cross-examined again, Ayala agreed with her statement that Peter Moore was trying to get Ayala fired.
However, when Druliner cross-examined Ayala again, Ayala said Paul Moore was the source of that information and the information that Peter Moore had threatened Ayala.
Parisi then switched her questioning to the defendant and asked Ayala if it was true that Ayala had no problems with Paul Moore, and "they, in fact, worked together in the fields even after your brother was killed?"
"Yes," Ayala said.