Dorian Gillon admitted to strangling Williametta Moore to death at her home in Plainfield in 2005

Twelve years ago, Williametta Moore’s friend called police. Moore, who was 39, lived alone in a second-story apartment with no other tenants in the building.

She hadn’t been seen in several days.

On December 15, 2005, officers who headed to the home on West Third Street found that Moore’s driveway had not been shoveled after a recent snowstorm, and mail was piling up. They got firefighters to force open the locked front door.

Dorian Gillon

There, just inside the door, cops found Moore’s body, with marks on her neck and one earring that had fallen off her ear, apparently during a struggle. There was no sign of prior forced entry to the top-floor unit.

In the following weeks, authorities identified a man who lived about a block away, Dorian Gillon, as a possible suspect. But investigators did not have enough evidence to arrest or charge him until 2013, when investigators from the county prosecutor’s homicide task force used DNA to connect Gillon to Moore’s death.

The case came to a close Monday when Gillon, now 52, was sentenced to 18 years in prison for Moore’s death, after pleading guilty to aggravated manslaughter in December 2017.

Once authorities used DNA to identify Gillon as a suspect, they arrested him in Elizabeth and held him in the Union County Jail on $1 million bail. And investigators praised the work that went into the charges.

“This case is a good example of the value of perseverance in investigating crimes that initially go unsolved,” former Acting Prosecutor Grace Park said.

Authorities never released details about a motive or whether Gillon and Moore knew each other.

He must serve at least 85 percent of the prison term before parole under the …read more

Source:: New Jersey Real -Time News


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