A Sacramento Superior Court jury began deliberations today in the July 16, 2011, bombing murder of the foreman of a massive Colusa County rice-farming operation.
Defendant Paul Moore, 48, has been accused in the murder of Roberto Ayala, 43. Moore is the son of one of two men who own the Moore Brothers farm near the town of Grimes.
Ayala was killed when an electrical panel on the ranch exploded while he was turning on an irrigation pump.
Colusa County District Attorney John Poyner and special prosecutor David Druliner of the state Attorney General's Office say Moore planted a bomb in the electrical panel to get Ayala out of the way in the defendant's bid to to take control of the farm.
Defense attorney Linda Parisi has sought to shift blame to Peter Moore, the defendant's cousin. She argued that Peter Moore believed he had been disinherited and replaced by Ayala and had more of a motive to kill the foreman than did Paul Moore.
The case was moved out of Colusa on a change of venue motion due to the influence of the Moore Brothers operation in the county 65 miles north of Sacramento.