Woman guilty of manslaughter in man's death
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 1:00 AM
A Circuit Court judge has delayed the sentencing of a Neshoba County woman after a jury found her guilty of manslaughter last week.
Tironza Jones, 30, of 10601 Road 632, was found guilty of manslaughter in the January 2011 death of Michael Deangelo Moore, who suffered a gunshot wound to the head.
She will be sentenced during the July term of court.
The jury had the option of either a murder or manslaughter verdict.
Circuit Court Judge Marcus Gordon said during court that he was delaying Jones' sentence.
Moore, 24, was shot in the head in what the authorities said was a domestic dispute.
He was airlifted to University Medical Center, where he later died.
Investigators charged that Jones pulled a .38 pistol from her purse and shot Moore while he was sitting in his S10 Chevrolet truck with his door open at the house where they lived in the Forestdale community.
After the shooting, Jones helped Moore get into her car and drove to the vicinity of Bobby's Country Store on Mississippi 16 east where she met an ambulance, which transported Moore to the county hospital.
The ambulance had been dispatched following a 911 call reporting that a shooting victim was being taken to the hospital by private vehicle from a residence on Road 632.
Moore, the son of Connie and Michael Moore, graduated from Philadelphia High School where classmates remembered him as always having a smile on his face.
Former Philadelphia resident Marcus Dupree said at the time of Moore's death that he was a friend of his sons.
"Back when I was in Philadelphia and my kids in high school, we used to ride horses together with Mike," Dupree said. "We were around each other all the time. He had a love for horses and would go with me to horse shows and I got to be fond of him."
Moore grew up on Evergreen Street. He had a special love for dogs and horses.