Crime & Courts

Guilty plea expected in Carol Mould killing

A Butler County murder case that had remained a mystery for almost five years appears to be closer to resolution. Bill Moore, the man accused of killing Carol Mould in her Butler County home in 2004, is expected to plead guilty today to a lesser murder charge, the prosecutor said.

Butler County Attorney Jan Satterfield said Monday that she couldn't say specifically what charge that Moore could plead to because a plea has yet to be filed.

But Mould's husband, Doug, said Monday that his understanding is that Moore, who is charged with first-degree murder, will plead guilty to second-degree murder under a plea arrangement.

The attorney for Moore, 56, couldn't be reached for comment Monday.

Today's hearing will be at 2 p.m. in Butler County District Court in El Dorado. Moore's trial had been set to begin Thursday.

Carol Mould, 43, was found dead after a fire had been set in her home just off K-254 in September 2004. For almost five years, the case remained unsolved. Last May, Moore began telling people that he killed the stay-at-home wife and mother of three, according to testimony at a preliminary hearing in October. Moore confessed to strangling Mould, an investigator testified.

Doug Mould said Monday: "I felt the plea bargain was in everybody's best interest. ... I didn't particularly want my children to have to sit through" a trial.

"There is not a penalty that makes us whole, and there's nothing that will bring her back."

He said he expects to make a statement after today's hearing.

Satterfield said that Carol Mould's family and investigators have been consulted about the expected plea arrangement.

"I make the decision, but I get all of their input," Satterfield said.

"It's not something I do lightly, especially on a case like this."

At the October hearing, Kelly Herzet, a lead investigator with the Butler County Sheriff's Office, testified that Moore knew Carol Mould because their children were in Boy Scouts together.

According to testimony, Moore told investigators that he went to Mould's house one afternoon under the guise of having her sign Scout papers. But Moore said he wanted to have sex with her, Herzet said.

Fire investigators determined that Mould and part of the house had been set on fire. An autopsy found that Mould died before the fire.