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Oregon executes convicted killer, state’s second in 34 years

May 16, 1997 GMT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) _ A man whose brutal family history included marriages to two nieces was executed by injection early today for killing his half-sister and her former husband.

Harry Charles Moore, 56, had threatened to sue anyone who tried to stop his execution, even petitioning the Oregon Supreme Court to drop the automatic appeal of his sentence.

Moore was pronounced dead at 12:23 a.m.

Moore was convicted in 1993 and sentenced to die for killing the parents of his third wife in 1992.

Moore fatally shot Thomas Lauri, 60, as he sat in a truck at a Salem post office then went to the home of Lauri’s former wife, Barbara Cunningham, 53, and shot her to death. Cunningham was Moore’s half-sister.

Moore said he killed them because he was afraid they would move to Las Vegas with his estranged wife and infant daughter and expose them to a life of prostitution and drugs.

Susan Lampson, Moore’s niece, said he molested and abused her when she was a child and forced her at gunpoint to marry him. they had a son together.

She said earlier that she planned to toast his death with champagne.