By Kent Larsen
Prosecutors Indict Suspect in Murder of LDS Mother
DECATUR, ALABAMA -- Prosecutors have uncovered enough evidence in the murder
of an LDS mother to file an indictment against a suspect in the case,
raising the hope of justice for her family. Daniel Wade Moore, 26, was
indicted Wednesday for the March 1999 murder of 39-year-old LDS mother Karen
Moore once worked for a burglary alarm company and had installed an alarm in
the Tipton residence. But he left the company three months before the
murder. Police caught him trying to escape after he allegedly stole a $900
necklace from a store in a mall. Under questioning, Moore made
unsubstantiated comments about the murder, leading police to suspect him.
Evidence uncovered in recent weeks, including DNA evidence, allowed
prosecutors to finally file the indictment.
Tipton's murder was discovered March 12, 1999, when her husband,
psychiatrist David Tipton returned home early from work at about 4:30 pm.
Tipton's partially clad body was discovered on a second floor hallway
landing. Police declined to say if Tipton had been raped, but did say that
her clothing appeared to have been forcibly removed and that she had been
stabbed multiple times in an apparently violent struggle.
Tipton's husband and two pre-teen daughters have moved from the house.
Members of her LDS congregation still remember her, however. "Karen was a
very, very beautiful woman and very well-liked," said her LDS Sunday School
teacher, Carol Sue Harris, shortly after the murder.
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By Christopher Bell: Times Staff Writer