Trial begins for Vancouver man accused of killing mom

first_imgOn Valentine’s Day 2017, Jeff Hesterley ate lunch with his girlfriend Leisa A. Holt — it was the last time he saw her alive. Holt, 60, was found dead and dismembered in her Vancouver home days later on the couple’s seven month anniversary.“That will be the anniversary that Jeff Hesterley will never forget,” Senior Deputy Prosecutor Kasey Vu said Monday during opening statements in Kenneth Jay Moore’s murder trial.Moore, 48, is accused of killing his mother at their Maplewood residence. He is charged in Clark County Superior Court with first-degree murder and second-degree assault after being arrested following a two-hour standoff with police.Moore was pushed into the courtroom in a wheelchair. A stenographer took notes for him, and he held a pair of glasses up to read them during the proceedings. Moore communicated with attorneys by passing notes and made several hand gestures but did not speak.In his opening statement to jurors, Vu outlined the couple’s final moments together and the circumstances leading to the discovery of Holt’s body.last_img read more