Husband arrested, accused of killing Fort Worth Montessori school owner

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The husband of a Fort Worth Montessori school owner fatally shot Jan. 31 was in jail Friday, accused of killing his wife.

Police were Larissa Easley’s home in the 6000 block of Forest Lane on a reported suicide attempt.

There, officers found Easley in a bedroom with a gunshot wound to the neck. The 45-year-old woman died less than an hour later at John Peter Smith Hospital.

Jerry Moore, 47, the only other person inside the home at the time of Easley’s shooting, was arrested on a murder warrant Thursday afternoon at Easley’s home.

He was in the Mansfield jail Friday with bail set at $100,000.

According to Tarrant County records, Moore was sentenced to 10 years deferred adjudication probation in December 1991 in a forgery and theft case. He was accused of stealing two belts valued at more than $750 and of passing forged currency.

His defense attorney successfully petitioned to have Moore’s probation dismissed early in February 1996 and the cases were dismissed, court records show.

Moore was sentenced in 1998 to two years probation on a conviction of driving while intoxicated, records show.

Easley was the owner and director of Hilltop Montessori School, 4201 Trail Lake Drive.

In letters emailed to the Star-Telegram Friday, Hilltop staff members described Easley as a strong, smart, funny and bubbly person who was always there to listen and give advice. They said Easley was like a mother hen who looked out for her employees and was loved by the children and their parents.

“She was more than just a boss, she was our friend, and an irreplaceable member of our family,” one wrote. “Though we feel the loss, grief, and miss her dearly on a daily basis; we carry on for her. She loved us, the school and the children and would want to see Hilltop Montessori live on.”

Friend Cindy Rainey said she met Easley when they both were serving in the U.S. Air Force.

“Her childlike enthusiasm and love of life which could always make me laugh,” Rainey said in a statement. “Larissa loved life and loved adventures. In my job, I’m serious most of the time … so when she would come visit me and we would travel together, she brought out the child in me and we laughed at everything.

“I know she is smiling down from heaven right now and feeling all of the love that we are sharing today.”

Deanna Boyd, 817-390-7655 Twitter: @deannaboyd

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