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January 18, 2013

Mental evaluation ordered for Moore assault suspect

GREENVILLE — A mental evaluation has been ordered for a local man, charged with allegedly sexually assaulting a Greenville teenager who later was found murdered.

The attorney for Terry Dwayne Ramsire filed motions with the 354th District Court — seeking to suppress statements Ramsire allegedly made to law enforcement officials last year — due to his “limited intelligence.”

During a hearing Wednesday, District Judge Richard A. Beacom ordered the mental examination and set another hearing for Feb. 21.

Ramsire, 49, received two indictments from the Hunt County grand jury in September; one for aggravated sexual assault of a child and another for indecency with a child by sexual contact, alleging he sexually assaulted Alicia Chanta Moore on multiple occasions during July 2012. Ramsire has pleaded not guilty.

Ramsire was arrested on the charges on Aug. 23 and has remained in custody at the Hunt County Jail since that time in lieu of a total of $70,000 bond.

Defense attorney Carol Day Gustin argued the statements Ramsire made to an investigator with the Greenville Police Department following his arrest should be suppressed as evidence.

“Specifically, Terry Ramsire has limited intelligence, a mental defect and/or mental illness that was significant enough to prevent him from understanding his warnings and his rights, thus rendering his confession inadmissible,” Gustin said.

Moore, 16, was last seen on the afternoon of Nov. 2 getting off of a school bus at the intersection of Bourland and Walnut Streets in Greenville, a short distance from her home.

Her body was found Nov. 6 along Farm Road 47 in Van Zandt County and the Greenville Police Department has joined with multiple other agencies in conducting a homicide investigation in the case.

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