A local judge granted prosecutors’ request that a Chillicothe man be held without bond until his trial, pending a hearing later this month.


A local judge granted prosecutors’ request that a Chillicothe man be held without bond until his trial, pending a hearing later this month.

Peoria County Circuit Judge Glenn Collier will hear arguments next Thursday about whether Gordon “Chip” K. Moore, 40, 1523 W. Leonard Drive, should be allowed to post bond. Collier also will decide if the bond should be less than the $2 million previously set.

Moore is accused of fatally stabbing Teresa K. Moore, 38.

In their motion filed Thursday, Peoria County prosecutors said an indictment charging Gordon Moore with four counts of first-degree murder alleges his actions Jan. 31 were “brutal and heinous . . . indicative of wanton cruelty,” legal factors that pushed the sentencing range up to 100 years. Given that, prosecutors argue, he should be held without bond.

However, the law firm representing him, Parker and Halliday, already has requested the bond be lowered. Their motion, filed last week, contends Gordon Moore, his friends or his family, don’t have the money - $200,000 or 10 percent of $2 million - to get him out of jail. Given that he’s a longtime Chillicothe resident with ties to the community, the attorneys contend his bond should be less.

Peoria County State’s Attorney Kevin Lyons has alleged Gordon Moore repeatedly stabbed his wife while two of the couple’s three children were in the house. At some point, Gordon Moore cut himself. It wasn’t known if he was trying to kill himself.

Prosecutors also have alleged one of the children saw Gordon Moore stab his wife.