GALVESTON

A Galveston County jury on Tuesday found a La Marque man guilty of capital murder in the deaths of his mother and an unborn sibling.

Chance Moseley, 19, faces an automatic sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole. Because Moseley was 15 years old when the crime occurred, he was not eligible for the death penalty or a life sentence without parole, prosecutors said.

Chance Moseley killed Nita Moseley, his mother, inside a rented three-bedroom house in La Marque in September 2015. Nita Moseley, who was pregnant at the time of her death, was stabbed more than 55 times and was strangled with an electrical cord, prosecutors said.

Chance Moseley was arrested in Houston days after Nita Moseley’s body was found inside the home.

His murder trial began last week.

During the trial, Chance Moseley’s defense attorneys argued he was the victim of a turbulent upbringing that saw him removed from his mother’s custody multiple times.

They described Nita Moseley as a regular drug user who had methamphetamine in her system when she died. They argued Chance Moseley did not intend to kill her unborn child on the day he “snapped” and murdered her.

The jury began deliberating on Monday afternoon and returned with its verdict around noon on Tuesday.

Chance Moseley will be eligible for parole after serving 40 years in prison, prosecutors said. He does have the ability to appeal his conviction.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; john.ferguson@galvnews.com or on Twitter @johnwferguson.

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(4) comments

Charlene Adams

This is such a travesty of justice. This kid should not have been tried as an adult. Although what he did was horrendous, so was his life with her. He should have been tried as a juvenile and received help. Galveston DA just looking for headlines and convictions instead of justice.

Carlos Ponce

Not to worry, Charlene. He will be eligible for parole after serving 40 years in prison. Then you can take care of him if you are still around.

In August 2016 a juvenile court judge certified Chance Moseley as an adult. The GCDN erroneously reported he was 14 at the time of the murder.

https://www.galvnews.com/opinion/editorials/article_8c466c5c-6be4-11e5-a0c3-7bfa290d6bf6.html

Eyewitness News reported Nita Moseley had a number of dealings with CPS. That's where your concern should be - how CPS was inefficient in this case.

https://abc13.com/news/la-marque-teen-certified-as-adult-in-slaying-of-pregnant-mom/1488297/

If society took GCDN editor Kimberly Worner's advice to "Look at whole picture when determining boy’s trial status", prisons would be empty and criminals would be in your city, your neighborhood. Matricide is still murder, no matter if the perp was 15 at the time. Justice has been served.

Charlene Adams

From what I understand he was a month from being 15. It really doesn’t matter whether he was 14 or 15. He never had a chance in life. She should never have gotten custody of him back so, yes, CPS is also at fault. He should have been tried as a juvenile and given a chance at life. The vitriol that oozes constantly from your comments is telling of your character.

Dru Walters

I couldn't agree with you more - the kid never had a chance.

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