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Moll Guilty Of First Degree Murder

An Onslow County man will spend the rest of his life in prison for strangling and then burying his wife in their backyard.

Jurors in the Soyer Moll murder trial deliberated about an hour and 40 minutes this afternoon. They came back with a verdict of guilty of first degree murder.

Moll told the judge "I know in my heart I did not kill my wife intentionally. When she told me she was leaving me for some guy that I didn't know anything about and was taking our daughter... I snapped."

The convicted murder added, "When I came to on the floor behind my wife, I tried CPR on my wife, I tried shaking her. I sat on my bedroom floor with my wife on my lap and brushed her hair with my hand and begged her to wake up."

Two years ago today deputies found Virgina Moll's body in the couple's backyard.

Jurors apparently did not believe Moll's defense that the man had diminished capacity and could not have planned his wife's murder.


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A jury is now deliberating whether an Onslow County man is guilty of killing and then burying his wife. Soyer Moll did not take the stand in his own defense.

Moll is accused in the 2009 strangulation death of Virginia Moll. The woman turned up missing and deputies found her body buried in the couple's backyard exactly two years ago today.

Moll admitted to the jury already that he killed his wife. The defense is going for diminished capacity-- not quite insanity-- and if they can convince a jury- that's a second degree murder sentence- rather than life in prison.

A psychologist testified this morning that Moll has a number of psychological problems. Dr. James Hilkey testified that Moll says he remembers his wife telling him she was leaving him, Moll remembers strangling her with his hands, but has no recollection of using a wooden stake to tighten the rope around his wife's neck.

Hilkey says Moll has diminished capacity about his ability to plan and think about the consequences.

Molls attorney told jurors evidence was lacking to show the man had the intent to kill.

Jurors began deliberating at 3:20 p.m.


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Some graphic evidence and key witnesses Wednesday at a murder trial for a man accused of killing his wife nearly two years to the day of the crime.

Soyer Moll's case began at his Hubert home in 2009 where he admits to killing his young wife Virginia and burying her in the woods behind their home. While Moll admits to the crime that doesn't make this trial any easier.

Moll's friend Toby Winn testified about a call he got from him. Winn says, "He said don't freak out but I did just kill my wife."

Testimony of Moll carting Virginia's body through the woods, shoving, even kicking her into a shallow grave-was too much for most friends and family to hear. But Moll's former co-worker and friend continued with testimony about what Soyer did after the burial. Winn says, "He sent himself a text message from Virgina's phone."

Moll admitted to the jury already that he killed his wife. The defense is going for diminished capacity-- not quite insanity-- and if they can convince a jury- that's a second degree murder sentence- rather than life in prison.

Still no word if Moll will take the stand in his own defense.


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