Thomas Moton's Accused of Murdering His Ex-Girlfriend at Her Daughter's Graduation Ceremony

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A woman attending her daughter's middle-school graduation ceremony was killed in an Avondale school's parking lot Friday, in a shooting police believe was carried out by her ex-boyfriend.

Takesha Barnes -- a domestic-violence victim who had just taken out an order of protection against 38-year-old Thomas Moton earlier that week -- obviously feared for her safety that day, as described in court documents obtained by New Times.

During the ceremony at Westview High School, Barnes got up and asked a school security guard to escort her to her car, telling him about the order of protection against Moton.

As the security guard spotted a man apparently trying to hide in the parking lot, Barnes told the security guard it was her ex-boyfriend, according to the documents.

The security guard told Barnes to run to her car and lock the doors, and as the man -- whom police believe to be Moton -- pulled a handgun out of his waistband, the unarmed security guard retreated and yelled for Barnes to make an escape.

Barnes was shot at about five times, with several of those rounds hitting her.

Barnes was pronounced dead on arrival at a hospital, while three of her family members -- who were with her as she left the school -- identified Moton as the shooter, according to court documents.

Family members said Moton's violence against Barnes had been increasing, and Moton had recently threatened to kill Barnes then kill himself, the documents state.

Moton also was arrested in 2007 for punching Barnes in the face, police note.

The scene of the shooter, allegedly Moton, pulling up to the school on his motorcycle, shooting Barnes, and riding away, was captured on "no less" than four surveillance cameras on that side of the parking lot, according to the court documents.

Moton was wanted by police for a few hours, until officers conducting surveillance on his sister's house watched Moton pull in on his motorcycle.

Moton was arrested as he left the house with his sister, and didn't speak with detectives about the shooting, according to the documents.

Moton's bond was set at $2 million after being jailed on charges of first-degree murder, felony disorderly conduct, illegally discharging a firearm, and misconduct involving weapons.


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Unbelievable
Unbelievable

I find this to be pretty damn sad, to take your kids mother away from them in their face. What kind of man are you? Obviously not one at all. I knew Thomas Moton aka Pumpkin all his life and to think that you could do this to your damn kids. You know how it feels to have your mother taken away from you in such a violent way, her boyfriend shooting her, leaving all you without a mother and then you have your sister who decided to brutually murder her husband by sawing him in pieces and spreading his body in the dumes, what a mess. A complete family of damn idiots if you ask me. I hope no one feels any sympathy for him at all because frankly he dont deserve the time of day. Just put him under the jail, then to say you going to kill her and then yourself, then why didn't he the damn coward. I feel for the kids and rest of the family that has to be put through this mess again, what a damn shame.

My2Cents
My2Cents

and I get your are an idiot

My2Cents
My2Cents

You can bet I didn't shoot anyone at a damn graduation... and I'm able to type coherently... 

forpornclickhere
forpornclickhere

I don't think it takes more than 10 brain cells to realize that if you have an order of protection against someone, and that person is waiting in ambush in a parking lot for you, then there is a problem. In this day and age you have to assume everybody has a handgun until proven otherwise. Call the cops and let them figure out if he is armed or not. The way this story is reported, it looks like the inSecurity guard failed.

My2Cents
My2Cents

what a POS!!!

Cript07
Cript07

jus Like everyoNe oF u 6itCHs taLkiN' 6eHiNd a Computer sCreeN

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

That's some security they hired, huh?    "Run for it lady" as he runs the other way.    Maybe having her go back towards the ceremony and calling the police would have been a better call.    Dumbass, got her killed instead of helping her.

My2Cents
My2Cents

Most folks aren't expecting to need a weapon at a 6th grade graduation ceremony.  But you are right, she should have gone back to the ceremony.

slipery Mike
slipery Mike

so much for 'security' ,she needed a gun,as did the "security guard"!

Demoncyde
Demoncyde

 Had she carried a gun and armed herself for self-defense purposes. She could still be alive today. But "Hock" and MCSO desk-pig YPSucks doesn't think self-protection is necessary.

Mraines0416
Mraines0416 like.author.displayName 1 Like

This is so sad! He needs to be put under the jail! She clearly feared this man and I say order of protections don't work! They need to do more about domestic violence in states! He had no regards to her life we shouldn't have any for his coward

Cript07
Cript07

N I 6et ur reaL touGH

Mrlowdown103
Mrlowdown103

Dont believe everything u read!

Tubes Fan
Tubes Fan

Okay, why is that?

Mrlowdown103
Mrlowdown103

Because I personally knew both of them! It shouldn't of ended the way it did!

azbluesgal
azbluesgal

NO, IT'S ABOUT ABJECT STUPIDITY, LACK OF UPBRINGING AND LOSS OF HOPE.

Sabrina Veasey Flynn
Sabrina Veasey Flynn

This is tragic and somehow, you manage to make this about race?  Incredible.

Johnny Skee Mask
Johnny Skee Mask

 Well it did according to the surveillance footage taken from the murder scene and eye witness accounts.  Black on black crime. I hope he doesn't make too many friends from tha brothas behind bars.

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