HARRISONVILLE — Thursday afternoon, September 12, 2013 a Cass County Jury found Jeffrey Moreland guilty of Murder 1st Degree and Armed Criminal Action. Sentencing stage began Thursday evening after a short recess.
Cass County Prosecutor Teresa Hensley said, “This case has weighed on the entire community. The victim’s family and friends have dealt with incomprehensible loss and tragedy. Through this, they have exhibited unbelievable courage in their search for justice. I would also like to commend the work of law enforcement for the countless hours spent working to seek a resolution and a guilty verdict in this case.”
The victim’s family has given the following statement, “We would like to thank the community for the past five years of support, thoughts and prayers. We are also grateful for the countless hours and dedication that the prosecuting attorney’s office, law enforcement and other agencies have provided. However, nothing will bring her back. This verdict provides justice for Cara.”
On November 5, 2008 the Harrisonville Police Department was dispatched to 808 North Patton Street, Harrisonville, MO. When police arrived they found a woman lying in a bathtub not breathing. The woman was later identified as Cara Jo Roberts.
During the investigation, two white zip ties that had been cut and a roll of duct tape were recovered. They were sent to the Kansas City Missouri Crime lab for DNA analysis.
Mrs. Roberts’ body was examined by the Jackson County Missouri Medical Examiner’s Office. It was determined that Mrs. Roberts had died from a single gunshot wound to the head.
On July 5, 2011 Moreland was arrested on an unrelated case. A swab was taken from Jeffrey Moreland and sent for analysis. The Kansas City, Missouri Police Department Crime Laboratory determined that Jeffrey Moreland’s DNA profile matched the profile developed from the crime scene.