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East Tennessee man charged with murder in killings of 3 women

May 22nd, 2012 2:33 pm by Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Knox County authorities have charged a 51-year-old man in the fatal shooting of his wife, her twin sister and another woman in the couple's apartment.

The police arrest warrant says Paul Moore Jr. said he shot his 38-year-old wife, Christina Moore, but did not recall shooting the other two victims. The warrant, however, states that "no other person is known to have been present at the residence during the incident."

The Knoxville News Sentinel ( ) reported Moore was held in lieu of $1.5 million bond Tuesday after being charged with three counts of first-degree murder.

It wasn't immediately clear whether Moore had an attorney.

Knox County Sheriff's deputies were called to the apartment Monday afternoon and discovered the bodies. In addition to that of Christina Moore, police found the bodies of Moore's twin sister, Bridgett Stagnolia, and 24-year-old Amber Snellings. Stangnolia and Snellings were both from Anderson County.

The Knoxville Police Department took Moore into custody a short time later at the home of his brother, not far away from the shooting scene. Authorities said the brother called 911 to report the shootings. Sheriff's detectives recovered a pistol believed to have been used to shoot the victims.

Investigators said the shooting appears to be "domestic related."


Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel,

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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