Wife & Daughter Enter Plea in Husband/Father's Murder

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Co-defendants in the Arthur Edward Moore murder case entered pleas to their charges Monday.

Lottie Jean Moore, 63, and her daughter Mary Elizabeth Clanton, 27, both pleaded no contest to being accessories after the fact to first-degree murder.

They were involved in the Sept. 9 death of Lottie Moore’s husband and Mary Clanton’s father, Arthur Moore, 69, of 9413 Stauber Lane, Youngstown.

According to investigators, Lottie Moore asked David Lee Clanton to kill her husband because she was tired of his verbal abuse. She supplied the rope that was used to strangle Arthur Moore, then filed a false missing person’s report.

While officers were investigating the missing person’s report, Lottie Moore and Mary Clanton made false statements about Arthur Moore’s disappearance, which prevented investigators from discovering the murder and recovering some items of evidence.

Circuit Judge Michael Overstreet followed the terms of the plea agreement and sentenced Lottie Moore to seven years in prison.

Overstreet sentenced Mary Clanton to five years probation, with the first three years to be served in prison. As a part of her plea, she must testify truthfully against her husband when Assistant State Attorney Larry Basford takes David Clanton to trial in October.

David Clanton, 33, is charged with first-degree murder and faces up to life in prison.

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