Devin Moore

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Devin Moore

Devin Moore (born 1985) is a criminal from Alabama who sparked a large controversy over the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City when he committed three acts of first-degree murder against three people in the Fayette, Alabama police station in 2003. Moore killed two policemen, Arnold Strickland and James Crump, and a dispatcher, Leslie Mealer, after being booked on suspicion of stealing a car. He then fled in a patrol car. According to the Associated Press, after his recapture he said, "Life is a video game. Everybody's got to die sometime."

The controversy involving his relation to Grand Theft Auto was revealed during an episode of 60 Minutes in March 2005. In the episode a student demonstrated the Grand Theft Auto games to them, explaining that in one of the games there is a mission that depicts exactly what Moore did: escape a police station, kill officers and escape in a police cruiser.

Moore faced trial in 2005. In August 2005, Moore was convicted as charged and on October 9, 2005 he was sentenced to death by lethal injection. Jim Standridge appealed the case.

The families of Moore's victims are taking legal action against Sony, Take-Two Interactive, Wal-Mart and GameStop for their part in the manufacturing and selling of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

Jack Thompson was representing families in the suit as an out-of-state attorney on pro hac vice status. His pro hac vice license was revoked by Judge James Moore on November 18, 2005, and he was effectively removed from the case. The judge stated that "Mr. Thompson's actions before this Court suggest that he is unable to conduct himself in a manner befitting practice in this state."