SURPRISE, AZ — A jury has found 27-year-old Robert Moore not guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of a Surprise resident.
In July 2018, Moore was reportedly doing air conditioning work at a home near Citrus Road and Grand Avenue in Surprise.
Moore told police that the homeowner, 41-year-old Frank Pineda, wanted half of the money back that he had paid Moore.
Moore said that the two got into an argument, and Pineda began to punch him. Moore claims that he warned Pineda he was armed, but Pineda allegedly continued to attack him.
Moore then allegedly shot Pineda in the head, claiming self defense.
During their investigation, police said they found no marks on Moore’s face, or Pineda’s hands that would indicate that he was punched or physically attacked in any way.
The gunshot wound on Pineda also did not indicate a close proximity shot, according to police.
Despite those claims from police, the jury found Moore not guilty of second-degree murder on November 6, 2019.