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Man acquitted of attempted murder found dead

By Daymond Steer
ALBANY — A man who was acquitted on an attempted murder charge from 2011 was found dead at his home on Friday morning.
County attorney Robin Gordon said the cause of Richard Moulton's death doesn't appear to be suspicious but the official cause is still pending. Moulton was 62 years old.
In February of 2011, Moulton, of 5 Moulton Drive in Albany, was charged with attempted murder and the two counts of assault for allegedly stabbing Ronald Routhier, of 6 Moulton Drive, in the head and the back at Trail Side Drive in Albany.
In August, a Superior Court jury found Moulton not guilty of attempted murder and witness tampering. That jury hung on assault charges. In a prior trial, there was a hung jury on all charges against Moulton.
In January of 2013, Moulton struck a plea deal with county prosecutors. Moulton entered an Alford plea of guilty to reckless conduct and was sentenced to time served. By submitting an Alford plea, Moulton insisted on his innocence but admitted the prosecution could possibly convince a jury to find him guilty. Moulton pleaded guilty to felon in possession of a deadly weapon and was given a two-to-four-year prison sentence that was suspended for three years. The assault charges were dropped.
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