Convicted murderer says he didn't kill Hillsboro man in 2015
A Hillsboro deli worker who represented himself in court and testified that he killed a man outside a Hillsboro Police station in 2015 now says he wasn't the man that pulled the trigger.
Andrew Moret, 34, was in a Washington County courtroom on Thursday, Feb. 28, for sentencing after a jury convicted him for the 2015 murder of Alonzo Gregg. Moret shot Gregg nine times outside Dandy's Deli, 1075 S.E. Baseline St., next to the Hillsboro Police Department.
Calling into the courtroom from South Carolina, Kimberley King, Gregg's sister, told the judge that her family had forgiven Moret for his crime, and the family presented him with a leather-bound, gold-leafed Bible to read in prison.
"Alonzo doesn't have another chance, but you do," she told Moret during the sentencing. "We hope that while we continue to heal, you do as well."
Moret acted as his own attorney in the two-week trial and told jurors repeatedly that he had shot Gregg in self-defense, believing the man to be a "trained assassin" sent by Hillsboro Police to kill him after he uncovered what he described as a drug ring within the department.
But standing before Judge Andrew Erwin, Moret said he didn't kill Gregg at all, telling Gregg's family that he had lied on the stand in order to "protect his family."
"I'm sorry, I don't know the man who shot your brother," he told King. "But if it makes you feel better believing it was me, so be it."
Erwin interrupted him, reminding him that he had testified under oath that he had shot Gregg. He reprimanded him for making such claims now.
"You've lost the right to say that to the victim," he said.
"I will do and say what I need to say to keep my family safe," Moret retorted. "Even going down for something that I didn't do."
Moret apologized to Gregg's family for not being able to prove his case effectively in court, then attempted to read a prepared statement in Japanese, his voice growing louder as he attempted to speak over the judge's orders to stop the odd behavior.
Moret was dragged from the courtroom by Washington County Sheriff's deputies after he refused to stop speaking in Japanese.
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