MEMPHIS – December 8, 2016 - A southwest Memphis man was convicted Thursday of aggravated rape stemming from an attack on a woman that occurred 16 years ago, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said.
A Criminal Court jury found defendant Jacquet Moore, 45, guilty of aggravated rape in the first of four rape cases in which he is the defendant. Moore will be sentenced next month by Judge James Lammey.
The incident occurred on Jan. 23, 2000, when a 32-year-old woman was abducted at gunpoint by a motorist as she walked near Brooks Road and Elvis Presley Boulevard. The woman was taken to a secluded area and raped in the front seat of the abductor’s car.
Evidence was preserved in a sexual assault kit which was sent to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation lab for testing on July 16, 2012. That led to the identification of Moore in the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) database the following year.
On Feb. 5, 2014, the victim made a tentative identification of Moore as the man who raped her in 2000 and on July 23, 2014, the TBI reported that Moore was a confirmed match.
Moore, aka Jack Moore, is awaiting trial on three other cases of aggravated rape, including another from the year 2000 and two others in 2003.
The trial this week was handled by Asst. Dist. Attys. Abby Wallace and Gavin Smith.
Wallace is a member of the DA’s Special Victims Unit which prosecutes cases of child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse of child victims; rape and aggravated rape of adult victims, and abuse of elderly and vulnerable adults.