Released murderer Jamie Moore signed photo

Released murderer Jamie Moore signed photo

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Mother Convicted In Slaying

Lillie-Beth Brinkman Published: Sat, April 13, 1996 12:00 AM

Jackson County jurors deliberated about five hours before they convicted a woman of killing a retired Altus schoolteacher, the district attorney's office confirmed.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Darlene Hicks, who was 31 at the time of the April 1995 murder.

Hicks, her daughter, Jamie L. Moore, 15; and her daughter's boyfriend, Billy Ray Hine, 22; were accused of fatally shooting Herman R. Babb, 65, and leaving his body near his Eldorado property, where he raised horses.

The three fled in Babb's pickup, discarded the truck in Quanah, Texas, and were arrested on an unrelated Eldorado burglary complaint in Kentucky several days later.

Babb's wallet and other personal property were missing after they fled, too.

Hine testified for the prosecution after reaching an agreement to plead guilty to first-degree murder in exchange for a sentence of life in prison, Wampler said.

The case for Moore, who originally was tried as an adult, went through the juvenile court system and she is in custody of the Office of Juvenile Affairs, prosecutors said.

Hicks testified she loaned Hine her .357-caliber pistol as she and her daughter stood in the trees, and she did not ask questions when Hine returned without Babb.

But Wampler said they are still unsure who actually fired the shot or shots that killed Babb.

Moore was released when she turned 18. Moore’s mother and Billy are still in prison serving out their sentences.

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