Published On: Mon, Nov 19th, 2018

Quentin Moore will head to trial for multiple murders: Jorge Caro, Larry Postelwaite and Sharon Paulette

After years of delays over mental health, Quentin C. Moore will finally go to trial over a decade later for the death of Jorge Caro, Larry Postelwaite and Sharon Paulette.

Moore, 37, was charged in 2007 as part of the Operation First Degree Burn indictments linked to Aurora cold case murders. He was charged with the 2005 death of Caro and the 2001 killings of Larry Postelwaite and Sharon Paulette. Prosecutors have elected to try Moore for Caro’s death first.

He was found mentally fit to stand trial in September for the Caro death, but the case will now move forward, according to Kane County state’s attorney officials.

Moore is already serving a 23-year prison sentence for attempted murder after he attacked his attorney in court during jury selection in 2010, and at other times he refused to enter the courtroom for hearings.

He has filed several handwritten motions alleging poor medical care and mistreatment in prison, along with a claim that state officials owe him lottery winnings.

State’s Attorney Joe McMahon has previously said Moore displays or exaggerates certain behavior in order to appear unfit and avoid trial.

McMahon previously said the way he’s seen Moore act in court is different from the behavior documented in Department of Corrections records he’s reviewed. The department describes Moore as a typical inmate, whereas in the courthouse Moore engages in behavior others have described as “bizarre,” McMahon said.

“I am confident that we are going to convict Quentin Moore of the charges that he is facing at some point,” McMahon said earlier this month when some charges against Moore were dropped.

Moore’s attorney, Don Zuelke, said he disagreed with McMahon’s assessment.

“I don’t believe that’s the case at all, that he is putting on a performance,” Zuelke said.

Quentin C. Moore

Moore is one of five people accused in the murder of Caro. Juan Vargas, Ruben Hernandez and Max Aguilar were all convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to more than 20 years in prison.

Roman Lucio pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

The members of an Aurora street gang were at a party when they encountered Caro, Several gang members questioned whether Caro was a true member of the gang and whether he had cooperated with police in another murder.

The men planned to kick and punch him.

Caro was lying on the ground badly injured when Vargas allegedly handed Moore a baseball bat that Moore used to strike Caro several times in the head. The men then allegedly took Caro’s shoes and shirt and left him to die. Caro’s autopsy revealed 22 injuries to his head and 16 injuries to his upper body and arms.

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