Mother accused of killing infant set for trial

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A young Sugar Hill woman accused of killing her infant daughter will headline a pair of murder trials scheduled to begin this week in Gwinnett County Superior Court.

In January 2009, then-22-year-old Erica LaShae Graham was arrested on charges of murder and cruelty to children after officials said an autopsy of her 3-month-old daughter revealed the daughter had died of "closed head trauma," generally associated with brain injuries.

Police responded to Graham's townhome on Level Creek Road after she reportedly called 911 to report she had found the baby lifeless. Graham reportedly told police she put the child in her playpen at about 7 p.m., then found her cold and not breathing two hours later.

The autopsy later showed that "there were injuries which were not consistent with the mother's statements," police officials said at the time.

A responding officer wrote in his report that Graham did not cry when informed her child was dead.

Her case is scheduled to be heard beginning Monday in front of Superior Court Judge Ronnie Bachelor.

Also scheduled to face trial is Michael Ashley Moore, accused of fatally shooting a man in 2008 during an alleged drug deal gone bad in front of a Duluth grocery store.

Moore was apprehended in March 2009, more than three months after police said he and two other men opened fire on Sacramento, Calif., man Leo Fletcher III at Jenny's Food Mart on Club Drive.

Acting on a tip, Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department fugitive investigators and U.S. Marshals found Moore hiding in a closet at a home on the 800 block of Pleasant Hill Road.

Judge Timothy Hamil will oversee Moore's trial on charges of murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, criminal attempt to purchase marijuana and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.