Cops: DeKalb teen admits killing girlfriend, 16, but offers an excuse

Cops: DeKalb teen admits killing girlfriend, 16, but offers an excuse

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Carl Moore

When police questioned 17-year-old Carl Moore about the death of his 16-year-old girlfriend, he said he had shot her, but offered an explanation, according to warrants released Monday.

He said he shot Jewell Jefferson-Dozier with a .40-caliber handgun because it accidentally went off while she was handing it to him, warrants say. As she handed it to him last Monday, it was pointed toward her, he said. 

Detectives do not believe this story of how she ended up shot dead in her own bedroom in Stonecrest.

The story did not match evidence at the scene nor the trajectory of the bullet, a detective wrote in a warrant.



Moore fled after the shooting, allegedly hiding the gun under his girlfriend’s bed. Around the time a mother held her dying daughter in her arms, Moore started texting the mother’s boyfriend to say he wanted to surrender, according to the warrants. 

Moore remains in the county jail without bond.

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The incident happened on I-20 in DeKalb County.

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