Opening statements are set to begin Tuesday in Cass County Circuit Court in the trial of a retired Grandview police officer accused of killing a Harrisonville woman.
Jeffrey Dean Moreland, 54, is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the November 2008 death of Cara Jo Roberts, 30. Authorities said Roberts was shot in the head and had been sexually assaulted. Moreland was linked to Roberts’ death and an October 2010 murder in Jackson County through DNA evidence collected from the sexual assault of another Harrisonville woman in June 2011.
The jury hearing evidence in Roberts’ murder was brought in from Boone County.