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Deputy’s killer won’t collect $4,560 seized from his home

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, June 14, 2013, at 10:21 a.m.
  • Updated Friday, June 14, 2013, at 1:01 p.m.

An inmate serving a life sentence for the April 2005 killing of Harvey County sheriff’s Deputy Kurt Ford will not collect more than $4,000 in cash that was seized from his home on the day of the shooting, a judge has ruled.

District Judge Warren Wilbert denied a motion filed by Gregory A. Moore, who was hoping to recover the money. A search warrant shows that the KBI found $200 in an envelope and $4,360 in a zip-top plastic bag in the master bedroom of the home at 131 SE 14th St. in Newton where the shooting occurred.

Harvey County Attorney David Yoder said in a written response to Moore’s motion that Moore owes more than $200,000 in damages that was awarded to Ford’s widow in a wrongful death lawsuit. Yoder also said the state may file a claim against Moore for back child support.

Moore, a maximum-security inmate at the Lansing Correctional Facility, was convicted of killing Ford and wounding Hesston police Detective Chris Eilert after they had entered Moore’s home while responding to a domestic disturbance call. The trial was moved to Wichita because Harvey County’s judges knew Ford. A Sedgwick County jury convicted Moore of capital murder but was unable to unanimously agree on a death sentence.

In his motion, Moore wrote that the money has never been used as evidence in any criminal or civil proceeding, and he cited a state law that says when seized cash is no longer needed as evidence, it shall be returned to the owner.

Yoder said the money is being held as evidence at the KBI’s Great Bend office.

Reach Hurst Laviana at 316-268-6499 or hlaviana@wichitaeagle.com.

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