Corey A. Moore, the D.C. street legend who has slipped through the hands of prosecutors again and again, has survived another trial — one that featured his half brother as the key government witness, says the Washington Post. Moore, 30, was acquitted yesterday by a federal jury of drug, firearms and conspiracy charges — clearing the way for his release after nearly two years of denying wrongdoing and awaiting trial. “Thank you,” Moore said to jurors after the verdict was read, concluding a two-month trial.
Moore stood trial four times for a 1994 slaying — and four times the jury came back deadlocked, leading prosecutors to finally drop the murder charge. The string of prosecutorial failures led some authorities to dub Moore the “Teflon defendant.” Over the years, Moore has been charged with three murders, assault with intent to kill, assault with a deadly weapon and armed robbery. Each charge was dismissed before trial or resulted in an acquittal. Moore was convicted once, in 1996, of a weapons charge that netted him a 51-month prison term.