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Post office stabbing suspect wanted to cash in old stamps

March 11, 2009|ASSOCIATED PRESS

Prosecutors say the suspect in the fatal stabbing of a 73-year-old man at a Northern California post office may have been acting out of frustration when he couldn't cash in old postage stamps.

Shannon Moore, 37, has been charged with murder in the death of Raymond Casso in the Contra Costa County community of Clayton.

Authorities say Moore became upset Saturday when he couldn't cash in sheets of old stamps and appeared to randomly attack Casso, who was picking up his mail at the time.

Contra Costa County prosecutor Harold Jewett said Moore has a history of mental illness and didn't seem to have a motive for choosing Casso as a victim. The case remains under investigation by postal investigators.

Casso lived in Clayton with his wife of 47 years. He had three children and four grandchildren.

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