The prosecutor’s workplace has filed a lowered cost within the case of a Villager accused of a deadly nation membership beating in The Villages.
Robert Moore, 75, of the Village of Polo Ridge, was arrested July 27 on a cost of aggravated manslaughter of an aged individual, in reference to the demise of 87-year-old Dean William Zook of The Villages. He died July 16, greater than two weeks after he was attacked over a fender bender at Glenview Nation Membership.
Final week, the prosecutor’s workplace formally charged Moore, however quietly lowered the cost to manslaughter.
Aggravated manslaughter of an aged individual is a primary diploma felony. Manslaughter is a felony of the second diploma. It might make a distinction if the case reaches a sentencing section.
When Moore was initially interviewed by a detective, he stated he was unaware of Zook’s age, however admitted Zook “was older and gave the impression to be frail.” The report famous that Zook was 5 toes 8 inches tall and weighed 160 kilos, whereas Moore stands 6 toes 2 inches tall and weighs 210 kilos.
The detective tracked down the Massachusetts native thanks partially to the now-infamous photograph of Moore exhibiting off his hole-in-one on the Tarpon Boil Government Golf Course, initially revealed in Villages-Information.com. The detective additionally used surveillance pictures of Moore within the nation membership, the place he bumped right into a server carrying a tray of drinks, knocking a drink onto a patron, sitting on the bar.
Within the wake of the assault, Zook was helicoptered to UF Well being-Shands Medical Middle in Gainesville, having suffered a “large mind bleed” when he was punched within the jaw.
Moore was apparently enraged on the night of June 28 when he walked in another country membership and believed that Zook’s automobile had struck his black Lexus within the car parking zone. Moore allegedly started punching Zook, earlier than realizing it wasn’t his Lexus.
A name was positioned to 911 and Sumter County sheriff’s deputies discovered Zook and his spouse within the car parking zone. The Villages Public Security Division additionally responded to the scene, after Zook started slurring his phrases and stumbled. He was transported by ambulance to UF Well being-The Villages Hospital then flown to Gainesville. On the time, he was “unresponsive.” He was positioned on hospice care at Shands on July 15 and died the next day, “because of the trauma he sustained from being punched.”
Moore has pleaded not responsible within the case. He stays free on $30,000 bond.