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‘I have hired a hit man to kill both of you’, letter says after woman killed in home

A Grand Prairie man accused of killing his wife faces a new charge of threatening to hire someone to kill witnesses in another case that was pending against him, according to jail records.

In August, Gary Latone Moore was arrested and accused of sexual crimes against a teenage girl.

In October, Moore, 47, was charged with sexual performance by a child and the distribution of harmful material to a minor. The girl who reported it was an acquaintance of his 60-year-old wife, Elizabeth Pena Moore.

Gary Moore was arrested in February and accused of shooting his wife to death at their Grand Prairie home. On the night of Feb. 21, Moore walked into the Grand Prairie police station and surrendered to officers, telling police he had shot his wife.

Moore was in the Tarrant County Jail on Tuesday in lieu of $1 million bail.

Moore faces a charge of murder in the killing of his wife, according to jail records. Just last month, a new charge of criminal solicitation of capital murder was added, jail records show.

“I believe my mother was dead several days before he gave himself up,” said Jessica Pena Clark of Carrollton, one of Elizabeth Moore’s daughters, in a telephone interview with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “They may have been arguing about that pending case when she was killed.”

The day after Gary Moore was arrested, Adrian Pena, the son of Elizabeth Moore, received a letter from Gary Moore that threatened him and the girl Moore is accused of sexually abusing.

The letter stated,”You and (the girl) aren’t off the hook. I have hired a hit man to kill both of you. I know what you are thinking. (Expletive.) Think of I got the Balls to do what I’ve done what makes having you 2 killed any worse.”

“I was a little scared,” said Adrian Pena, who lives in Dallas, in a telephone interview on Tuesday. “He had my exact address. I have a wife. I have dogs.”

Adrian Pena said Gary Moore had threatened to kill his dog in the past.

Gary Moore has a criminal history. In 1991, he was sentenced to seven years’ probation for the sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl, according to records with the Texas Department of Public Safety. He had to register as a sex offender for life.

A few years later, Gary and Elizabeth Moore married, and they stayed together for 22 years without having any kids. The couple operated beauty salons in Arlington and Pantego, her family said.

Jessica Pena Clark said Gary Moore had several affairs, but her mother didn’t leave him until three years ago.

Then came his arrest on the sexual crimes in August.

“Mom rushed to help him,” Adrian Pena said, noting that his mother posted the $35,000 bail for her husband’s release. “And Mom moved back in with him.”

Adrian Pena said he couldn’t believe his mother’s actions.

“She told me she went back to him because she couldn’t walk away from the money they had made,” her son said.

Gary Moore was accused of showing a teen a sex video and exposing himself to the teen.

Family members believe Gary and Elizabeth Moore were arguing about the sexual crime cases against him on the day she was killed.

Gary Moore was offered 10 years in prison on the charges of sexual performance of a child and indecency with a child on Feb. 4, according to Tarrant County criminal court records.

Elizabeth Moore turned 60 on Valentine’s Day. The last time anyone talked to her was on Feb. 19, according to family members.

Gary Moore surrendered to Grand Prairie police shortly after officers responded to a shooting call at their home on the night of Feb. 21 in the 5900 block of Lorenzo Drive.

There they found the body of a woman later identified as Elizabeth Moore. She had died from an apparent gunshot wound, Grand Prairie police said.

Gary Moore is trying to sell their Grand Prairie home in hopes of raising money for his defense, family members of Elizabeth Moore said.

His foster family also is still operating the beauty salons, family members said.

All that has surprised family members of Elizabeth Moore who said Gary Moore talked about killing himself.

The letter to Adrian Pena stated, “I write this with a heavy heart. It also means I’m dead hopefully (I’m sure that pleases you). But it also means your mom is dead too.”

“It’s been unreal. It’s still shocking,” Adrian Pena said. “I still haven’t been able to go back to work. I have to cope with it every day. Some days are better than others.”

Grand Prairie police said in a statement they can’t share additional details of the case because the investigation is ongoing. Detectives encourage anyone with further information to call 972-988-TIPS or submit tips online at GPcrimestoppers.org. Tips may be submitted anonymously.

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