Poole: 'I'm in disbelief' following attacker's changed charge

Updated: Thursday, February 6 2014, 09:48 PM MST
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By: Bill Melugin
EL PASO, Texas - A military spouse walked out of a courthouse in tears after learning a man police say attacked her now only faces a burglary with intent to commit a felony charge and not a charge of attempted murder.

In an exclusive interview with KFOX14 reporter Bill Melugin, Rachel Poole described feeling confusion, disbelief and devastation when she learned of the change.

"I don't see how he wouldn't be charged for what happened,” Poole said as tears streamed down her face. "I will be blind in my left eye for the rest of my life. I still have spinal damage, nerve damage. The doctor told me that I'm never going to be able to get the grip from my hand and that I'll probably always have the nerve damage going down my right side."

Poole said she was brutally attacked inside her northeast El Paso home when a Fort Bliss soldier who knew her husband broke into the home and repeatedly stabbed her.

Corey Bernard Moss, according to police documents, broke into the Pooles' home when nobody was there. The documents stated Moss hid inside the home and waited for Poole to return.

Poole, who was nine months pregnant at the time, arrived and began talking to her husband on a video call before Moss beat and stabbed her with a knife, documents said.

Poole’s husband, Justin Poole, witnessed the struggle on the other end of the video call, according to police records.

Moss was taken into custody by Fort Bliss and El Paso police with the help of Justin Poole’s efforts while he was deployed overseas.

Moss was booked into jail on a charge of criminal attempted murder, but on Jan. 22, that charge was changed to burglary with intent to commit a felony, according to Moss’ court records.

Rachel and Justin Poole found out about the new charge during an arraignment hearing for Moss held Thursday.

KFOX14 received a call after the court hearing from Justin Poole, who was upset.

According to Justin Poole and a courthouse official, Moss pleaded not guilty to the burglary charge.

Poole told KFOX14 it’s her understanding that the charge was reduced in an attempt to have a better chance at convicting him.

“I wish that I could actually have someone tell me why. Just come out and give me a reason other than, ‘There might be a risk,’” Rachel Poole said.

Rachel Poole told KFOX14 she saw Moss in the courtroom, but that he wouldn’t make eye contact with her.

When asked if it was difficult to see him for the first time since the night of the attack, she said no, because her husband was with her for support.

Melugin asked Rachel Poole if she felt her attacker was trying to kill her, to which she replied, “Yes.”

Rachel Poole told KFOX14 it is what she and her husband said they saw Moss doing in the courtroom that frustrated them.

“He and his lawyer were, -- it seemed to me, but I wasn’t close enough to hear, -- making jokes after they signed his waiver,” Rachel Poole said.

Justin Poole added he saw Moss smiling and heard the attorney joke about assigned seating in the courtroom. He then overheard Moss’ attorney tell Moss that he will most likely“only do five to 20” with the revised charge.

KFOX14 reached out to District Attorney Jaime Esparza’s office for a comment on the changed charge, but his office declined to talk about the case, citing it being an active investigation.

Attempted murder and burglary of habitation with intent to commit a felony both carry the same potential penalties -- between five to 99 years in prison -- and are both class 1 felonies.

Surrounded by her dogs and holding her baby daughter, Isabella Poole, Rachel Poole wanted to thank the public for all the support she received since the attack.

“There are some days when I'm having a horrible day, and I'll just get a message from a stranger on Facebook that seeing what I'm (going) through has made their life a little easier, and they appreciate knowing that if I can make it through what I'm doing, then their life is going to be OK, too,” she said.

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