Crime

March 7, 2014

Husband arrested, accused of killing Fort Worth Montessori school owner

Though Fort Worth police had been dispatched to the home of Larissa Easley on Jan. 31 on an attempted suicide case, investigators are now accusing her husband of fatally shooting the woman.

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

Police had been called to Larissa Easley’s home in the 6000 block of Forest Lane on a reported attempted suicide.

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 in the emergency room of 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 being held 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 2 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 Easely 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. Se loved us, the school and the children and would want to see Hilltop Montessori live on.”

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