WARRANT: Kinston man texted about killing dad, sent photos

DURHAM, N.C. (WITN) - A Kinston man charged with murdering his father sent text messages about it to his co-workers along with photos of a man lying face down in blood, according to authorities.

The Durham County Sheriff's Office charged Chivalery Moore, 33, with murder.

The charge comes after an hours-long stand-off with Durham County sheriff's deputies.

Deputies say they were conducting a welfare check at a residence on Tomahawk Trail in Durham last Tuesday when they found Moore barricaded inside the home.

The stand-off lasted at least five hours. Moore was eventually shot, He was taken into custody after being released from the hospital.

Investigators found the body of Moore's father, 60-year-old Willie Moore, inside the home. Deputies believe he died at some point before the stand-off. It's unclear how.

Moore has been charged with murder in connection to his father's death. He showed no emotion when brought into a jailhouse courtroom in a wheelchair for his first appearance.

Search warrants say deputies found a large bloodstained knife under the body of Moore's father. Those same documents said Moore sent a photo of what looked like a decomposing body with multiple sharp force injuries.

The deputy involved in the shooting of the suspect has been placed on administrative leave and the SBI is currently reviewing the case.


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A Kinston man is behind bars, charged with murdering his father. All after he had been involved in a standoff with Durham County Sheriff's deputies several days earlier, officials said.

The Durham County Sheriff's Office charged Chivalery Moore, 33, with murder after he was released from the hospital Saturday night.

According to WRAL, Moore had been shot be a deputy during a standoff at a home Tuesday on Tomahawk Trail in Durham County.

Willie Moore, 60, who lived at the home, died at some point before the standoff, officials said. Willie Moore was the suspect's father and it is still unclear exactly how he died, according to WRAL.

The deputy involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave and the SBI is currently reviewing the case.