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News Sylva homicide suspect apprehended in S.C.

Matthew MooreA man suspected of killing his estranged wife and another man in Sylva was arrested in South Carolina.

On Friday, at approximately 1:15 p.m., officers with the Sylva Police Department responded to a shooting at the Sunrise Park neighborhood in Sylva. Upon arrival they found the bodies of Melody Nicole Conger, 20, and Kevin Shawn Frady, 25, who had been shot to death. Conger and Frady were both residents of Sylva.

According to a statement by SPD detective Jenni Rumsey, the suspect, 23-year-old Matthew Wayne Moore turned himself into the Easley Police Department in South Carolina at 7:40 p.m. later that evening. Moore has been charged with two counts of murder and is being held in the Jackson County Jail without bond.

Members of the SPD, the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation and the District Attorney’s office then went to question Moore about the incident. Moore reportedly waived extradition and was transported back to Sylva. His court date is set for June 1.

On the morning of the shooting, Conger took out a restraining order against Moore, alleging that that he was physically abusive. The warrant also further alleged that because of Moore’s destructive tendencies, he and Conger’s four-month-old child was at risk of emotional trauma, citing a recent violent incident in a local store parking lot. After the incident, the child was reportedly taken into Department of Social Services custody.

Shortly after the incident occurred, police officials reportedly secured the area and found Moore’s four-monthold child outside of a nearby residence. Medical personnel evaluated the child and determined that it had not been injured.

The incident was initially reported by a frantic 9-1-1 caller, who indicated in a recording of the call that he witnessed Moore shoot the victims.

“He shot ... he shot them both ... it was Matt Moore,” said the caller, who was unable to tell dispatch where the victims were shot, but did indicate that after the incident Moore immediately fled the scene in a vehicle. When asked if anybody else was injured in the incident, the caller replied, “I think they’re dead.”


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