MN Supreme Court Upholds Conviction in Hennepin County Murder

Minnesota case law summary by Attorney Richard Clem: criminal law.

State of Minnesota v. Prince Oliver Moore, Jr.. MN criminal law

During the early morning hours of September 13, 2011, Prince Oliver Moore, Jr., called 911 to report that his wife Mauryn had attacked him with a knife while he was sleeping. He said that he grabbed the knife and stabbed her in return. He had actually stabbed her, and she had 64 wounds. At least one of them was fatal, and Moore was charged with premeditated murder. A Hennepin County, Minnesota, jury agreed, and sent him away for life without the possibility of release. Moore then appealed his conviction to the Minnesota Supreme Court.

The high court first reviewed the evidence and concluded that it was sufficient to support the conviction for premeditated murder.

Moore's former wife testified at trial, and her testimony included details of abuse that had taken place in Liberia, where they had lived before coming to Minnesota. The Court held that this testimony did not constitute reversible error.

No. A13-0004 (Minn. May 14, 2014).

Please see the original opinion for the court's exact language.


Richard P. Clem is an attorney and continuing legal education (CLE) provider in Minnesota. He has been in private practice in the Twin Cities for 25 years. He has a J.D., cum laude, from Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul and a B.A. in History from the University of Minnesota. His reported cases include: Asociacion Nacional de Pescadores a Pequena Escala o Artesanales de Colombia v. Dow Quimica de Colombia, 988 F.2d 559, rehearing denied, 5 F.3d 530 (5th Cir. 1993), cert. denied, 510 U.S. 1041 (1994); LaMott v. Apple Valley Health Care Center, 465 N.W.2d 585 (Minn. Ct. App. 1991); Abo el Ela v. State, 468 N.W.2d 580 (Minn. Ct. App. 1991).

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