SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The trial of Frederick Pinney, who is charged with the 2014 murder of TayClair Moore in Springfield, began for a second time Tuesday.
Moore, 29, was found strangled to death in her home on Agnes Street in Springfield in March of 2014. For the last nine years, her family has demanded for justice and accountability in the 2014 murder case. On Tuesday, opening statements were made by both sides.
Minister Charles Stokes, spokesperson for the Moore’s Family, told 22News, “First and foremost, after 8 years, 11 months, and 32 days of delays, the family finally gets the opportunity for justice for their daughter.”
Pinney had been put on trial for her killing in 2016, but the case ended in a mistrial. Since then, there have been numerous delays in the case and Pinney was eventually released on bail during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Their daughter has tragically been taken away from them and the accused has been free to be out enjoying their life, so the family is devastated, they are grieving about it but they do have faith in the justice system,” said Stokes.
Moore’s family has since been rallying with supporters to call for an end to delays in the case, and the start of a new trial for Pinney.
“All of the physical evidence all of the forensic evidence in this case points to one person and one person only as having the opportunity to, and the means to kill, and that’s Pinney,” said prosecutors.
“We do not have to prove he was innocent but I feel like when you look at this, you’ll find that you will need a reason, a reason why she is dead. And you will not find that reason with Mr. Pinney,” said the defense.
The family ultimately anticipates a guilty verdict in this trial and they hope no one ever has to ensure something like this ever again.
Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni stated, “We have never relented in our pursuit of justice for TayClair Moore and her family. It is tragic that TayClair’s family has had to endure so much and wait so long for their day in court. Furthermore, the defendant’s release is an injustice and an insult to the tenet’s of our criminal justice system. While the wounds of their loss will never heal, these seemingly incessant delays have only served to inflame their grief. Our system of justice is oftentimes protracted and imperfect, but the delays and interruptions in this case are beyond the pale, and an undue burden for those who have already suffered too much.“