State attorney details previous arrests of mass shooting suspect Keith Moses

ORLANDO, Fla. — State Attorney Monique Worrell gave updates Thursday on the criminal history and arrests of the man accused of shooting and killing three people in Pine Hills last month.


Worrell said none of the crimes 19-year-old Keith Moses was previously accused of would have resulted in him spending life in prison. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis had questioned Worrell over why Moses was allowed to walk free.

Worrell said Moses’ juvenile record included four felony charges, only one of which involved a weapon. But in that case, she said, Moses was not accused of being in possession of the weapon, but being present during a robbery involving a weapon.

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“None of those offenses would have incarcerated Mr. Moses for life,” Worrell said.

She said Moses was out on the streets because he did not commit an offense that would justify life in prison.

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Moses is accused of shooting five people and killing three last month, including a woman, and 9-year-old girl and a TV news reporter.

Worrell said her office is expected to file charges in the case by the end of day Friday. She said those charges will be for second-degree murder for the deaths of Dylan Lyons, Natacha Augustin and T’Yonna Major as well as first-degree attempted murder for Jesse Walden and Brandi Major.

But Worrell said the office still plans to seek a grand jury indictment for first-degree murder charges in the case, but wants to file the second-degree charges to make sure Moses remains in custody.

Worrell said Thursday that it’s too soon to decide whether her office will seek the death penalty for Moses.

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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.

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