Murder victim's girlfriend says she was forced to clean up crime scene
By Eric Flack
(LOUISVILLE, Jan. 19th, 2007) -- Homicide detectives in Bullitt County are investigating a suspected murder cover-up. The suspect is behind bars, days after allegedly killing his longtime friend. And the woman who turned him in claims she was forced to help the man try to cover his tracks. WAVE 3 Investigator Eric Flack has more on a case that is filled with bizarre twists and turns.
Keith Moore claims he pulled the trigger because he had to.
"Self defense," he told WAVE 3 as he was led of to jail in handcuffs by Bullitt County Sheriffs Deputies.
Investigators say Tim Nevitt of Louisville died Tuesday night after he was shot twice inside Moore's home at the Whispering Oaks Trailer Park. The body was dumped about five miles away.
"Threw it in a field and tried to dig a hole," said Chief Deputy Danny Thompson. "But it was too wet and too frozen to dig a hole, so he just covered him up with brush. Where it was at, it would have been years finding him."
But the victim's girlfriend, who says she witnessed the shooting and was forced by Moore to help clean up the scene, tipped police off to what happened Thursday afternoon. They took Moore into custody and he led them to the body.
"Man told me he was going to kill me," Moore explained to WAVE 3 as he was waiting to get into a deputies cruiser outside the Bullitt County Sheriffs Department.
"Are you a murderer?" Investigator Eric Flack asked.
"No sir," Moore replied.
Thursday night, Investigators continued to build their case inside Moore's home while outside, the victim's sister sat in tears.
"It hurts very bad because anytime you lose a loved one it hurts," said Sheila Lindsey.
As to why Keith Moore would do this, Lindsey said "I really don't know."
"Was this guy your friend at one point?" Flack asked the suspect.
"I thought so," Moore replied.
"Do you wish this never happened?"
"Well, what do you think?"
Police are still unclear as to what caused the fight that led to Nevitt's death. Moore will have a chance to explain that in court.
Moore's sister Kim, his father Billy Ray, and Teresa Jones, a friend, are all charged with helping in the attempted cover up. And investigators say one or two more people could be arrested for the cover up before they are through.
Early on there were some questions surrounding the girlfriend and why it took her two days to come forward. But police now say her story is starting to check out.
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