Late the night of July 26, 1988, or early the morning of July 27, the phone rang at the residence of Angola attorney Allen Stout.
“When I heard that phone ring, I knew, I immediately thought, ‘they got Bobby’,” Stout said, recalling that evening when Fremont Town Marshal Bobby Moore was gunned down as he entered his home on Spring Street.
On the other end of the line was Steuben County Sheriff Robert Enyeart with the news that Stout expected.
Yes, Bobby Moore had been gunned down in cold blood. More important for Enyeart, who passed last year, he feared Stout might be next.
A killer was on the loose, perhaps to avenge the killing of Barbara Moore and the man who successfully defended him in court, Allen Stout. Barbara Moore died almost five months to the minute of Bobby Moore being gunned down 30 years ago.
“He told me to keep the lights out and get on the floor and crawl to the window so we could talk and I could look out and see that an officer had been sent to my place, an apartment. Sue and I had separated and I was in an apartment,” Stout said earlier this year.
Officers also had been dispatched the home of Sue Stout where she and Allen’s three children were sleeping.
There were no threats, no people lurking about to harm Stout or his family.
But the threat, it would appear, did not go away or at least was not being taken lightly.
Within days, Stout, private investigator Mike Colgate and Stout’s paralegal left Steuben County.
They knew it was probably best, for their safety, that they had to get out of town, so they headed south, to Memphis, Tennessee, to attend the funeral of Bobby Moore.
When they got to the cemetery, which was surrounded by woods, Stout noticed in strategic locations were 20-25 Memphis police officers. Snipers. They lined the perimeter of the cemetery where Stout and his entourage would join the grieving family of Bobby Moore.
“Heavily armed police presence. I didn’t necessarily interpret that to be for my benefit, I don’t know,” he said.
To this day, Stout, who started his career as an Indiana State Police trooper before getting his law degree, remains heavily armed no matter where he goes.
“I don’t live in fear. I move right along,” Stout said.
Bobby Moore’s killer remains at large, but Stout believes the person is still among us in Steuben County.
“I’m told he is,” Stout said.
“It’s one of those situations where, law enforcement will tell you they legitimately know who committed the crime,” Stout said. “Frequently law enforcement will have a really good idea of the suspect but they haven’t been able to gather sufficient evidence to bring the case. I presume that’s the situation here.”