Man pleads guilty to murdering his 88-year-old great aunt

Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 1:11pm

The 42-year-old man who in January called police and confessed to killing his great aunt pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Thursday.

Terrence Dewayne Moore was missing when police discovered 88-year-old Roberta Roland dead from a gunshot wound inside the 40th Avenue North home that the two shared. He admitted to killing his aunt in a phone call to police the following afternoon.

Indicted earlier this year on a charge of first-degree murder, Moore pleading guilty in Davidson County Criminal Court Thursday to the lesser charge of second-degree murder. He is set to serve 100 percent of a 35-year prison sentence, which is longer than a typical sentence for a second-degree murder charge, according to a spokeswoman for the Davidson County District Attorney General’s Office.

In April, a grand jury indicted Moore on charges of first-degree murder, theft and fraudulent use of a credit card. The latter two charges were dropped as part of the plea agreement.

Police found Roland dead on Jan. 31 after her family asked them to check on her when they hadn’t heard from her in several days. The following afternoon Moore contacted police to confess to the crime.

He also said he was driving to Whitfield Park off Edmonson Pike where he’d planned to end his own life as well. Officers soon found him at the park sitting inside a minivan, where he then surrendered.