Man with brown hair, dark-rimmed glasses and five o'clock shadow

Russell Moran

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 – 9:29 p.m.

Russell Moran, the victim's husband, discovered Kelly Moran's body when he arrived home from work on October 30, 2019.

Detectives Armstrong and Murphy interviewed him at his residence. The interview was recorded with the witness's knowledge and consent.

Participants:

  • Detective T. Armstrong
  • Detective S. Murphy
  • Russell Moran

Detective Armstrong: Good evening, Mr. Moran. Our condolences for your loss.

Russell Moran: Thank you. I… I can't believe what just happened.

Detective Armstrong: We're sorry to have to do this now, but would you mind answering some questions for us? While the details are still fresh in your mind.

Russell Moran: Yes… Yes, all right. Please have a seat.

Detective Murphy: Mr. Moran, would you please state your name and address for the record?

Russell Moran: My name is Russell… Russell Moran. I live at 797 Muirfield Drive.

Detective Murphy: Thank you. Mr. Moran, are you the owner of this house?

Russell Moran: Yes, I live here with my wife.

Detective Armstrong: Did you two have anyone else staying with you? Now or in the past?

Russell Moran: No, we don't have any children, if that's what you mean. Just me and Kelly and our dog, Baxter.

Detective Murphy: Where is your dog now?

Russell Moran: Oh, I left him in the basement where I found him.

Detective Murphy: You mean you weren't the one who put the dog there?

Russell Moran: I assume Kelly must have locked Baxter in there. He's not too friendly, likes to bark and growl whenever we have guests.

Detective Armstrong: Was Mrs. Moran entertaining guests here today?

Russell Moran: I'm not sure. I should have asked her… God, I wish I would have asked her this morning before rushing off to the office.

Detective Armstrong: At the County DA?

Russell Moran: Yes. How did you know?

Detective Armstrong: I've definitely seen you there quite a few times. It's a wonder we've never worked together.

Russell Moran: Well, I am there all the time.

Detective Murphy: And what time did you return home from the office today, Mr. Moran?

Russell Moran: I left around 7:45 p.m., so I must have gotten here by 8:00 p.m.

Detective Murphy: Can anyone verify that?

Russell Moran: The night guard, the receptionist, check the security footage if you'd like.

Detective Armstrong: What time did you find your wife?

Russell Moran: Right when I got home. She was right there on the sofa, just like she is now. I thought she had collapsed, but … when I ran over and saw those— those marks on her neck, my heart just stopped. Kelly … I loved her more than anything.

Detective Murphy: Mr. Moran, we need you to tell us anything else that you remember after you walked in the door. Was there anything unusual or out of place? The more you can tell us, the faster we can track down whoever is behind this.

Russell Moran: I didn't even notice the mess in the house at first. As you can see, the place looks like it's been ransacked. The glass from the door in the back bedroom is shattered. I left everything as it was. I can't believe a burglar would go this far.

Detective Murphy: Is there anything missing from the house?

Russell Moran: All I know for now is that they took the cash from Kelly's wallet and her jewelry box from the bedroom. I really haven't had a chance to look around.

Detective Murphy: If you find anything else later, would you kindly supply us with a list of missing items?

Russell Moran: Sure, yes.

Detective Armstrong: Mr. Moran, you mentioned just now that you thought your wife had collapsed. Was she suffering from any health issues?

Russell Moran: Kelly had collapsed a few times in the past. She was in a car accident about ten years ago, messed up her neck and spine. She's had chronic pain ever since.

Detective Armstrong: Was she being treated for this condition?

Russell Moran: Yes, she went to pain management.

Detective Armstrong: Who was the doctor responsible for Mrs. Moran's care?

Russell Moran: I… I actually don't know. She had switched doctors so many times. She never could stick with one for long. The only name I know is Lorraine Estrada, the pharmacist at Gordon's. Kelly had been filling her prescriptions there for years.

Detective Murphy: What medications was Mrs. Moran taking?

Russell Moran: Percocet. It was the only thing that worked for Kelly.

Detective Murphy: Mr. Moran, do you know if your wife had any enemies? Anyone who would have wanted to harm her?

Russell Moran: No! Kelly was a kind and beautiful person. Everyone loved her.

Detective Armstrong: What about a jealous coworker?

Russell Moran: Kelly was a homemaker.

Detective Armstrong: A friendship gone sour, perhaps?

Russell Moran: Well, she may have had a falling out a couple weeks ago with one of the women in their circle.

Detective Murphy: Who might that be?

Russell Moran: Trish—Patricia —Lee. She works at Oxford Printing. She and Kelly were on and off pretty often.

Detective Murphy: Do you know what they were arguing about?

Russell Moran: I think it was something about Trish not letting Kelly borrow her interior designer or personal shopper. I really don't recall the details. The woman is clearly crazy if she's picking fights with someone as sweet as Kelly.

Detective Murphy: Who else made up Mrs. Moran's circle of friends?

Russell Moran: There's Karen West. She moved to Oxford six or seven years ago with her husband, Michael. We had them over for dinner about once a month. Also, the Cuthberts. Nicolette is also a homemaker. Kelly was also pretty close with Lorraine.

Detective Armstrong: Her pharmacist?

Russell Moran: Yes, they go down to The Blind Pig every now and then. Kelly loves karaoke nights. I can't believe I'll never get to hear her sing again…

Detective Armstrong: We're sorry for your loss, Mr. Moran. You've been very helpful, and we can't thank you enough.

Detective Murphy: Is there anything else you can think of that would help this investigation?

Russell Moran: No… Not right now. May I please have some time alone to grieve for my wife now?

Detective Murphy: Of course. You understand that you won't be able to stay here tonight?

Russell Moran: I hadn't thought… but yes, of course.

Detective Murphy: Do you have somewhere you can stay? Would you like us to call anyone for you?

Russell Moran: No, no. I appreciate it, but I'll be fine. You should focus on … your work here.

Detective Murphy: Okay, then. An officer will go with you to your bedroom so you can collect a change of clothes, a toothbrush, any personal items you might need.

Russell Moran: Thank you.

Detective Murphy: Thank you for your time. We'll be in touch.

Interview ended – 10:01 p.m.

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So, he sees her "right when he got home". 911 call at 8:08, police show up at 8:14. Russell is very shortly shown outside, before RI arrives at 8:28. When did he examine to house for the broken glass in the bedroom, when did he determine that...

So, he sees her "right when he got home". 911 call at 8:08, police show up at 8:14. Russell is very shortly shown outside, before RI arrives at 8:28. When did he examine to house for the broken glass in the bedroom, when did he determine that her money and jewelry were missing?
Somehow, I come home and find my loved one murdered, I call 911, I check the body for any sign of life, (disturbing the scene). I don't go and check the jewelry box and her purse.
Not really buying the story.

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  lgillette
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So, if the dog was locked in the basement wen he got home, she must have let someone in she knew or trusted. There was no mention of a burglar, the husband is trying to possibly pass blame.
He also keeps stating that he can't believe it's has...

So, if the dog was locked in the basement wen he got home, she must have let someone in she knew or trusted. There was no mention of a burglar, the husband is trying to possibly pass blame.
He also keeps stating that he can't believe it's has happeNed and I can't believe I'll never hear her sing again....and so on, like he is trying to justify something.

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  Meegan Heidt
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Good points, Igillette and Meehan. Is it just me or didn't CSI take quite a bit of money from her purse, (not from her wallet, though).
Did she keep it in a different place for some reason? Maybe Mr. Husband has a habit of snooping around in her...

Good points, Igillette and Meehan. Is it just me or didn't CSI take quite a bit of money from her purse, (not from her wallet, though).
Did she keep it in a different place for some reason? Maybe Mr. Husband has a habit of snooping around in her stuff?

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  DetEmilyKaiCSI
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Sorry Meegan, didn't mean to spell your name wrong.

  DetEmilyKaiCSI
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I think Russell. Knows a lot more .how did he knew it was a burglar.the detective did. Not say so .the missing. Cash and jewelry box because. He was searching.he has part in it

  tashana
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Maybe he is just shaken up by the fact his wife has just died. There are 2 sides to this, 1) he could be shaken up 2) He does know alot more than he is saying.

  Clare
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why didnt he al least tried to unwind the cord wrapped around her neck... he said his heart stopped at then moment he saw "those marks" but not the cord, why didnt his instinct to save her check in... he just leave her lying and didnt even tried...

why didnt he al least tried to unwind the cord wrapped around her neck... he said his heart stopped at then moment he saw "those marks" but not the cord, why didnt his instinct to save her check in... he just leave her lying and didnt even tried to remove the cord or start the cpr....

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  Tin Big T Cvitkovic
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After reading the victims husband interview report he may be innocent I don't want to jump to early conclusions.

  Dr Isaiah Otis Reid JD Law Student
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Hmmm.... okay, so Russel claims dog was in basement when he got home... this perplexes me due to the fact broken glass indicates forced entry into their home. I can understand nobody hearing the dog bark if he was in the basement. However, I’m...

Hmmm.... okay, so Russel claims dog was in basement when he got home... this perplexes me due to the fact broken glass indicates forced entry into their home. I can understand nobody hearing the dog bark if he was in the basement. However, I’m inclined to think/believe this is a rouse to divert suspicion of Russel actually murdering his own wife. Maybe she killed herself by overdosing on meds, and he staged the scene to look as though it were a break in gone wrong. For example, maybe he came home saw his wife who he thought/assumed was dead on the couch (but was actually passed out from being too doped up on Percocet and was at deaths edge), and quickly began covering up the scene by putting their dog in the basement, breaking the glass pane in door in the bedroom and taking the jewelry box to make it look like a break in, maybe the dog had scattered couch pillows or Russell staged the pillows and her body, and wrapped the extension cord around her neck. Problem with this scenario would be whether or not the strangulation marks are before or after she died. This raises the question whether he was sure she was dead, and strangled her to make it look like she was murdered by intruder. In that case, he may have unknowingly killed his wife if he was not absolutely certain she was dead when he got home making this a case of possible suicide with tampering of evidence which turns into involuntary manslaughter. Then there is also the possibility that someone she knows from her circle of friends that their dog was comfortable and familiar with also staging the scene just in time for hubby to find her.

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  Felicia
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I’d like to add that, if it was indeed a break in, then the burglar is experienced and would only take cash and jewelry. Her credit cards would lead detectives to burglar if he/she had taken them, and had the burglar known that the “candle” in...

I’d like to add that, if it was indeed a break in, then the burglar is experienced and would only take cash and jewelry. Her credit cards would lead detectives to burglar if he/she had taken them, and had the burglar known that the “candle” in her hand bag was actually a candle safe hiding money he/she more than likely would have taken that as well.

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  Felicia
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I’m curious to know where Russell stayed since he could not stay at his own home that night due to the investigation. Also, I would like to know if anyone accompanied him, or visited with him at all wherever he stayed that night.

  Felicia
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