September 30, 2023

A Villager has entered a plea within the deadly beating of an 87-year-old at a rustic membership.

Dean William Zook of The Villages died July 16, greater than two weeks after he was attacked over a fender bender at Glenview Nation Membership.

Robert Moore received a hole-in-one at Tarpon Boil Govt Golf Course.

His alleged assailant, 75-year-old Robert Moore of the Village of Polo Ridge, this week in Sumter County Courtroom entered a plea of not responsible to a cost of aggravated manslaughter of an aged particular person. He stays free on $30,000 bond.

Matthew Ferry
Matthew Ferry

Though he initially indicated he deliberate to depend on the general public defender’s workplace for illustration, court docket paperwork now point out that Moore has retained legal protection legal professional Matthew Ferry.

The now-infamous picture of Moore exhibiting off his hole-in-one on the Tarpon Boil Govt Golf Course, initially printed in, has made nationwide headlines since his arrest. It was the hole-in-one {photograph} that surfaced in a Google search carried out by a Sumter County sheriff’s detective and proved instrumental in figuring out Moore as a suspect.

Within the wake of the assault, Zook was helicoptered to UF Well being-Shands Medical Heart in Gainesville, having suffered a “large mind bleed” when he was punched within the jaw.

Moore, who stands 6 toes 2 inches tall and weighs 220 kilos, was apparently enraged on the night of June 28 when he walked in another country membership and believed that Zook’s car 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.”