Dead soldier's ex-father-in-law questions Army

Kevin Moseby

April 18, 2012 2:18:25 PM PDT
A Fayetteville man told ABC11 Tuesday that he blames military officials for the death of his ex son-in-law.

Kevin Moseby, 28, was shot multiple times in the 700 block of Duck Court just before 3 a.m. Saturday. Investigators have charged 30-year-old Duane Brown, Jr. - a fellow soldier - with the killing.

Moseby's ex father-in-law Robert Settle said the men had been fighting for some time over his daughter, Staff Sgt. Dorothy Curtis. Settle said Brown was angry because Curtis decided to rekindle a romance with Moseby - who was her former husband.

Settle told ABC11 Tuesday that senior leadership in the 525 Battlefield Surveillance Brigade was aware of the dispute and took personal handguns away from the two sergeants fighting for his daughter's affection.

But Settle said for some reason, Brown's command decide to return his weapons, a move he said he believes proved deadly.

"If Kevin or Brown, or even Dorothy, would have been transferred to another base, most likely this would never had occurred," said Settle.

Curtis told her dad that Brown repeatedly rang the doorbell Saturday morning and wouldn't go away. That's when Moseby went to the front door.

"Dorothy heard a big bang and she assumed it was the door being kicked in by Brown. And then she heard shots," said Settle.

Curtis ran to the front door.

"Kevin ended up outside the door and Brown drug his body back in and told Kevin and Dorothy that 'We either all going to die tonight or he's going to die.' And he reloaded his gun and shot him again," said Settle.

Settle said Brown shot Moseby at least nine times. When his daughter tried to call 911, Brown took her and Moseby's cell phones and said: "You're not calling for help."

Settle told ABC11 he blames the command for giving Brown his weapons back and not providing more mental health care after deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

"And they kept his guns, basically, cause they thought there's a potential. Now, I don't know what basis Brown's company commander or first sergeant decided there was no threat of him using those weapons. But, the fact is they gave them back to him," said Settle.

Settle said the unit was looking into transferring his daughter or Brown to another post because of the tension, but nothing ever happened.

ABC11 reached out to Fort Bragg officials to comment on Settle's allegations, but they declined the interview citing the ongoing investigation.

Brown has been charged with first-degree murder and first-degree robbery.

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