Mobile man gets life in George Co. murder case

Published 1:23 am Sunday, December 9, 2007

A Mobile, Ala., man has been sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to the March murder of David Lee Moore.

Jason Edward Boykin, 27, entered the plea Thursday before Jackson County Circuit Judge Kathy Jackson. Boykin was accused of fatally stabbing 57-year-old Moore once in the neck on March 6.

District Attorney Tony Lawrence said Boykin, a guest at Moore’s Lucedale residence, left Moore’s body lying on a bed. They said Boykin took Moore’s car and went to Mobile, returning two days later.

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Lawrence said Boykin stayed in Moore’s house the evening of March 9, with Moore’s body still in the mobile home. The next morning he got up, set the home on fire and drove back to Mobile, Lawrence said.

Lawrence said Moore frequently went to homeless shelters in Mobile, finding men and bringing them back to his home, giving them odd jobs to do and trying to help them get on their feet.

Lawrence said Moore had found Boykin homeless only a few days before the murder, brought him to Lucedale, let him stay in his home and helped him sign up for food stamps.

Prosecutors reduced the charge to murder from capital murder, in exchange for the guilty plea.