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Former church secretary released from prison

February 10, 2007

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— After serving more than two decades in prison for her part in the deaths of her husband and the wife of a minister with whom she had an affair, Lorna Anderson Moore was released on parole early Friday.

Moore, 53, was released from the Topeka Correctional Facility and will live in Hutchinson, Kansas Department of Corrections spokeswoman Frances Breyne said.

The Kansas Parole Board had granted her parole last week, after rejecting five earlier requests for parole. She had been in prison since 1984, after being convicted of soliciting the murders of her husband and the wife of Rev. Thomas Bird, a minister in Emporia at the time the two had their affair.

Four years later, she pleaded guilty in Geary County to second-degree murder for her role in her husband's death and was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.

Bird went to prison for his wife's 1983 killing but was released in 2004 and is no longer under state supervision.

Moore's current husband, Terry Moore, lives in Reno County, and her parents, Loren and Alta Slater, live in Hutchinson. Moore will report to a parole officer there, Breyne said.

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