Man sentenced to life in prison 35 years after woman’s death

Larry Moore convicted of strangling 25-year-old woman in 1987

Larry Moore on trial for 1987 murder of Dianna Lowery (Copyright 2022 by KSAT - All rights reserved.)

SAN ANTONIO – After roughly six hours of deliberation, a Bexar County jury on Friday found Larry Moore guilty of capital murder.

Moore was accused of murdering 25-year-old Dianna Lowery in 1987. An autopsy revealed she was strangled and sexually assaulted.

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It took years to build the case against Moore. He was first arrested for the crime back in 2005, but the case was later dismissed. Moore was charged again after the case was reopened in 2018.

Moore, 69, was sentenced to life in prison. He will be eligible for parole after serving 40 years.

On Friday morning, the jury heard closing arguments from each the prosecution and defense.

Dianna Lowery was murdered in 1987. A suspect was arrested and charged until 2018. (Copyright 2022 by KSAT - All rights reserved.)

During the trial, the prosecution has presented some damaging testimony and evidence.

On Tuesday, Moore’s wife took the stand and spoke about an email conversation she had with her son.

In the emails she mentions “the awful crime” Larry committed she shouldn’t have told her son about.

The defense tried to discredit Phelps’ testimony by asking her basic questions to show the jury that Phelps can often get confused and forgetful.

On Wednesday, results of DNA testing were presented to the jury by the forensic serologist who conducted testing on the sexual assault kit done on Lowery.

“It is a 780 quintillion times more likely that they originated from Dianna Lowery and Larry Moore,” Garon Foster said.


About the Authors

Erica Hernandez is an Emmy award-winning journalist with 15 years of experience in the broadcast news business. Erica has covered a wide array of stories all over Central and South Texas. She's currently the court reporter and cohost of the podcast Texas Crime Stories.

Misael started at KSAT-TV as a photojournalist in 1987.

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