Savannah man denied bond in fiance's murder
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A Savannah man charged with murdering his fiancé was denied bond in court on Friday.
Willie Moore is accused of killing 37-year-old Mandi Kaiser after her body was found at an apartment complex on Apache Avenue on Feb. 18.
Moore has been in trouble with authorities before, and records show he's been arrested 27 times since 1995. Many of those charges were battery and assault related.
Officials said Moore had been in the hospital and came to his hearing in a wheelchair where a judge denied bond on Friday. He's charged with murdering his fiancé, Kaiser. Neighbors said they had recently moved into an apartment together on Apache Road, and they said they saw Kaiser and Moore the night before the murder happened.
Officials at Safe Shelter called Moore a serial abuser. There are other woman out there who said they were abused by him, and one of them even went to Safe Shelter for help.
"I am so thankful he's arrested," said Safe Shelter Executive Director, Cheryl Branch.
Branch said she is so relieved that Moore is behind bars, and said it was not too long ago when a young woman came to the shelter to get away from him. According to a police report, Moore was in a relationship with another woman in August of 2014.
The report said he became violent after he accused her of looking at other men. When she tried to calm him down, he bit her arm, hand, and even grabbed her neck.
"We did a protective order for her, and he just went on to somebody else, obviously," Branch said.
Moore is now charged with Kaiser's death. Neighbors said the couple had moved into the apartment complex earlier this month. The night before she was found, neighbors said they heard raised voices.
"I just think about how many more there are out there like him, and the victims are too afraid to do anything," Branch said.
Tiffany Lewis says she was one those women who were too afraid. She said she dated Moore nearly four years ago. She got out of the relationship safely, but wishes she could have done something to help Kaiser.
"If I would have known her or known she was in a relationship, I would have tracked her down and told her to get away," Lewis said.
Safe Shelter said Kaiser had not reached out to them for help. Officials want to remind people to call Safe Shelter. They have counselors, resources, and programs that will help you get out safely.
Kaiser's family released the following statement on Friday:
“Mandi was a very caring person. She had a heart for people and would do anything possible to help anyone, if she could. People need to get involved. If they hear an argument, they need to call the police before it escalates. It takes one to save one.”