Grandson Turns Himself in for Murder

By: Jason Lanning
By: Jason Lanning

A 17-year-old boy turns himself into police after he admits to killing his 77-year-old grandfather, he is being charged with first-degree murder. Ralph Martin's body was discovered in his home at 407 South Pierpont on Rockford’s west side.

Cries of anguish from family members of 77-year-old Ralph Martin, police say Martin was killed late Monday by his 17-year-old grandson Joey Moore.

Police say Martin was killed by some kind of trauma to the head, however the exact murder weapon has not been named.

A neighbor of Martin who didn't want to be shown on camera tells 23 News 17-year-old Joey Moore occasionally stayed with Martin, and that Moore had a history of drug abuse.

The neighbor said on several occasions, Moore stole televisions, money and other belongings from his grandfather.

Just down the road, those that knew martin gather to come to grips with the tragedy.

Seventeen-year-old Joe Moore is charged with first degree murder, he's being held in the Winnebago County Jail. Circumstances surrounding the murder are still under investigation.


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