Billy Mooreslideshow Billy Moore, the only self-confessed and convicted
murderer ever released from death row, will speak at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 in Berry
College’s Science Auditorium.
Moore, who lives in Rome, is speaking in conjunction with the Berry College
Honors Program course as part of its Perennial Questions series, “Law, Justice,
Mercy, and Grace,” taught by Brian Carroll, associate professor and director of
the Honors Program.
The Berry College Chaplain’s Office is co-sponsoring the evening lecture.
Moore’s story began in 1974 upon returning from military deployment in Germany.
Struggling to make ends meet and dealing with a host of problems at home, Moore
tried to change his luck by robbing the uncle of an acquaintance, who swore no
one would have to get hurt in the robbery. The acquaintance was wrong, and
during the robbery Moore shot and killed 77-year-old Fred Stapleton. Moore
pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced to death by
After having his execution postponed 13 times during a 10-year period his death
was set for May 24, 1984. Seven hours from execution he was granted a stay of
execution from the U.S. Eleventh Circuit court of appeals.
Among those petitioning for the commuting of his sentence to life were five
members of Stapleton’s family, as well as the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Mother
Since his release from prison in November 1991 Moore has traveled the globe
telling his story, one centered on the power of forgiveness and grace. Moore is
an ordained minister through Christ Assembly Evangelistic Ministries. He and
his wife live in Rome and are active members of the community.
Admission is free and open to the public.
(source: Rome News-Tribune)