Accused Teen Burglars Charged with Veteran’s Murder

Retired Army SGT Kenneth Moore Shot During Home Invasion

Three teen burglars are responsible for the death of a retired Army SGT gunned down in his own East Columbus home last December according to court testimony.

Nearly six months to the date a Columbus man was shot and later died after a home invasion three teen suspects including two juveniles appeared in Recorder’s Court charged with his murder .

Retired Army SGT Kenneth Moore came home a week before Christmas to find three intruders inside his Curry Street home looking for things to steal.

One of the teen suspects opened fire shooting SGT Moore twice from behind.  

The critically injured victim crawled to the door for help but not before the suspects casually stepped over the 61 year old to make their getaway with the Veteran’s Christmas presents and cell phones.

Kenneth Moore managed to call 911 and give First Responders a physical description of the teens before he was rushed into surgery at the Medical Center.

Neighbors tell First News it was actually a home surveillance video that captured the suspects on camera leaving the home.

Ladarius Render and Kevonta Daniels are juveniles charged as adults and a third suspect, Marquez Clayton, who was well known to investigators and already in custody for armed robbery, obstruction of a police officer.  Last September Clayton was also arrested for having public sex at a local college.

According to court testimony the teens and their red pick up truck are allegedly tied to a string of other burglaries in the area.

The trio of teen murder suspects will remain in custody pending a Superior Court hearing.

The ages of Ladarius Render and Kevonta Daniels was not immediately clear but the two juveniles are being detained in the Youth Detention Center though they are charged as adults.

Marquez Clayton has been held in the Muscogee County Jail since March for the Armed Robbery charge.

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