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October 24, 2007

Moultrie - -  The family of a murdered woman was in the courtroom this afternoon as two home invasion suspects faced a judge for the first time.

Forty-six year old Karen Moore was gunned down in her Moultrie home early Wednesday. Her husband was wounded. Her son and mother speak out and wonder why this crime happened.  

It's something no 22 year old ever wants to think about.

"I've looked at caskets and stuff like that. It kind of hit me hard then when looking at caskets and things," says Clinton Proctor.

His mother 46 year old Karen Moore gunned down inside her own home during an armed robbery. Investigators say thieves took off with $13,000, money Moore kept at home from a family business.

"Why did they shoot? That was so useless to shoot, just ended her life," says Moore's mother, Karen Perkins.

Investigators say 20 year old Craig Gandy pulled the trigger, also shooting at Moore's husband James. He's recovering in a hospital. Gandy appeared in court Wednesday.

Judge J.J. McMillian explained he faces multiple charges, including murder, burglary, armed robbery, and aggravated assault.

Gandy questioned why TV cameras were in the courtroom during his first appearance. The judge continued with the hearing calling in the second suspect who faces the same charges for the same crime.

Twenty-one year old James Cloud answered politely as he stood with his arms crossed. Officers say the suspects worked for the Moore's at one time so they knew the family had cash.

Family members sat in the back of the courtroom in disbelief.

"One of the family members asked me, 'just give me a logical explanation for this.' There's no logic in this," says Sheriff Al Whittington.

Only resulting in a lot of unanswered questions.

"I just wanted to ask them why did they kill my daughter so senseless," Perkins said.

The grim reality remains.

"That's the only mother I'm going to have and it's real tough," Proctor says.

Because he never got to say goodbye. Cloud and Gandy are in the Colquitt County jail without bond. Assistant D.A. Brian McDaniel says he expects the case to go to a grand jury in December.

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