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Jeffrey Dean Moreland, former Mo. police officer, found guilty of woman's murder

Jeffrey Dean Moreland, convicted in the 2008 murder of a Mo. woman
CBS affiliate KCTV
(CBS/AP) HARRISONVILLE, Mo. - A former western Missouri police officer has been convicted of killing a woman who was sexually assaulted, shot in the head and left in a bathtub at her home.

CBS affiliate KCTV reports Jeffrey Dean Moreland, 54, was found guilty of first-degree murder and armed criminal action by a Cass County District jury Thursday and was sentenced to life in prison plus 50 years. 

Moreland was accused of killing 30-year-old Cara Jo Roberts in November 2008 at the Harrisonville home she shared with her husband and their 2-year-old son.

The Kansas City Star reports assistant county prosecutor Jamie Hunt told jurors the killing amounted to an execution.

Prosecutors said DNA evidence tied Moreland to Roberts' death as well as separate Harrisonville rape and the killing of a 75-year-old Kansas City woman. Moreland also faces charges in the other two cases.

Moreland reportedly worked as a cop in Grandview from 1984 until he retired in 2005

  • Iris Carreras

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