Lawyers hoping to talk to Blanche Taylor Moore in preparation for a civil lawsuit left the Alamance County Jail empty-handed Friday after a disagreement about whether the accused arsenic murderer's statement could be videotaped.
When lawyers were unable to reach Superior Court Judge Judson D. DeRamus for clarification, they left without getting Moore's deposition, a sworn statement to lawyers before a civil case goes to trial.Lawyers for Raymond C. Reid's estate went to the jail expecting to question Moore as they prepare a wrongful-death lawsuit against Winston-Salem's N.C. Baptist Hospital, the Bowman Gray School of Medicine and five doctors.
Moore, 56, of Burlington is charged with using arsenic to kill Reid, her boyfriend. Reid, 50, of Kernersville died Oct. 7, 1986, at Baptist Hospital.
The lawsuit alleges that the hospital, medical school and doctors failed to respond to information three months before Reid died that his system contained high levels of arsenic.
Moore's lawyers opposed the deposition, saying prosecutors could use the statement against Moore in her criminal cases. Moore also is charged with the arsenic death of her first husband, James N. Taylor, and the near-fatal poisoning of her current husband, the Rev. Dwight Moore. She is held without bond in the Alamance jail.