OPELOUSAS — Constance Moran lay on her bedroom floor, bloodied by multiple stab wounds her husband told police he had inflicted.
“The last thing she told me was that she loved me, I looked at her straight in the eyes and said I love you too baby,” Hank Moran told police.
Then, he said, he stabbed her one last time in her esophagus.
Much of what Hank Moran said Tuesday morning to arresting Opelousas police Pvt. Morris Leday is contained in an arrest affidavit written by Opelousas police Sgt. Crystal LeBlanc.
Included in the document are Moran’s warning that he liked killing and would do so again.
It was gratifying, he said.
Moran remains on suicide watch at the St. Landry Parish Jail, Sheriff Bobby Guidroz said Thursday.
Moran, 44, was booked on one count of first-degree murder and one count of simple battery in the slaying Tuesday of Constance Moran, 57.
On Wednesday, state Magistrate Judge Ellis Daigle ordered jail officials to keep Moran behind bars without bail.
The case remains under investigation by the Opelousas Police Department.
According to the affidavit, Constance Moran made a 911 call at 5:28 a.m. Tuesday, saying her husband choked her after she told him she wanted out of their marriage.
The responding officer, Leday, couldn’t find Hank Moran at the couple’s house on South Railroad Drive, so he searched the area near the home.
Moran later told police he hid under the home, a wooden structure that sits atop cement blocks, when Leday responded. Minutes later, Leday returned to check on Constance Moran, looked inside the home and realized he was too late.
“Once in the living room, Officer Leday stated that he then looked to the right in a side bedroom and observed Mr. Moran crouching near Ms. Moran (with) a very large amount of blood on the floor and on the body of Mr. Moran,” Sgt. LeBlanc wrote.
In Moran’s right hand was a bloodied black knife, and on a nearby night stand was a bottle of pills. Moran picked up the bottle and downed an unknown number of them. The report never identifies what type of pills were in the bottle.
With an ambulance en route, Moran turned to his wife’s body and said, “I bet now she’ll listen,” the affidavit reads. And when paramedics checked Moran’s vitals, he blurted out, “I did what I had to do. … I did the job right, huh officer? Did I do the job right?”
Before Tuesday, the Morans were not problems for Opelousas police.
Neither Hank Moran nor Constance Moran had faced a criminal charge since 1995, there is no court record of Constance Moran seeking a protective order against her husband, and Police Chief Perry Gallow said police never received calls about domestic disturbances in the Moran home.
Neighbors said the couple led a poor but quiet life at 1232 S. Railroad Drive, with neither having a current job nor a vehicle.
Civil court records show the couple filed a lawsuit in 2005 after Constance Moran was hurt at a neighbor’s home. In the lawsuit paperwork, the couple claimed poverty: she earned minimum wage at a local Dollar General, and he was an iron worker who made $1,600 a month.
The insurance company in 2007 settled with the Morans. The terms of the settlement were not revealed.
Sitting outside an interview room Tuesday while waiting on detectives, Hank Moran made statements without being asked, the report states, and without having an attorney in the room even though he was advised of his right to remain silent.
“I waited under the house until y’all left then I kicked the door and commence to juggin (stabbing) her,” Moran said. “She yap yap yap her mouth all night and I was tired of it, I was trying to sleep and I just couldn’t take it anymore … and I can’t wait to kill again.
“It’s kinda gratifying believe it or not,” Moran said, according to the report.
As officers were about to lock Moran into a jail cell, they told him to remove his wedding ring.
“Mr. Moran made the comment, ‘I’m not taking this ring off it’s my marriage ring. I killed her, but I loved the bitch.’”