(UPDATED JUNE 2013: Moore was convicted of second-degree murder after a jury trial – full story from the Kingston Whig-Standard appended at bottom of this post.) A killer who served 10 years in prison for gunning down a man in broad daylight on a street in Kingston, Ontario, is one of two people charged in a savage home-invasion murder. Kingston Police announced today that they charged ex-convict Phillip Melville Moore, 32, and Charles Nathan Thomas, 29, with murder. Moore was freed from prison not long before the killing. On October 25, 2010, masked intruders burst into the north-end Kingston apartment of James Clifford Richards, 32. Witnesses told me at the time that they believed Richards was stabbed and his throat was slashed. The witnesses said they believed there were three attackers.
Now we know why Richard Charles Joyce (inset), a 44-year-old imprisoned killer, cowered behind his coat collar last Friday as he was led from a prison escort van into a courthouse in Kingston, Ontario. Joyce, who is serving a life sentence for first-degree murder, is no longer a standup guy, no longer just a lifer in the prison subculture. Now, he’s the lowest of the low in the pecking order, a reviled child molester.