Lesbian affair at center of Atlanta arson, death?

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A doctor who died in a suspected arson at his Atlanta home on Saturday had been arrested twice for domestic violence, the latest coming two days before his death after accusing his wife of having a lesbian affair.

The badly burned body of Marcus Moseley, 48, was discovered in the pool behind his single-story home on Oriole Drive in southwest Atlanta as firefighters battled a blaze at the house about 6:15 p.m. Neighbors told the AJC that they spotted Moseley (bottom image) – wearing few clothes and on fire – running from the home. 

Atlanta fire and police officials, along with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, are investigating the blaze. Via the AJC:

The Atlanta Fire Department’s incident report on the 6:15 p.m. fire at the 900 block of Oriole Drive listed a liquid or gas as a “contributing factor.” The report also listed the cause of the fire as “intentional,” although fire authorities say that was a preliminary judgment and that they are continuing to investigate the blaze as an arson. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution obtained the report Tuesday through the State Open Records Act.

Two days before the fire and Moseley's death, Atlanta police arrested him for battery. His wife, Anita Allen-Moseley, accused him of attacking her friend, Syreeta Bannister, in a jealous rage. 

Allen-Moseley told Atlanta police that Bannister was visiting from Charlotte as Allen-Moseley prepared to have surgery. But her husband exploded when he arrived home early from work.

“Ms. Moseley stated that her husband thinks that she and Ms. Bannister are having an affair. Ms. Moseley said that her husband became enraged at the sight of Ms. Bannister and suddenly attacked her – punching her in the face and head numerous times,” according to an incident report from the Atlanta Police Department. 

Allen-Moseley said she jumped between her husband and Bannister as he attacked her and pulled him away. Bannister, bleeding from the beating, suffered a bruised forehead and swollen lips, according to police.

Moseley told police that he suspected the two women of having an affair.

“Mr. Moseley stated that the woman is fucking his wife and he just snapped when he saw them sitting close together in a back bedroom of his home,” according to the incident report.

Moseley was arrested at the same home in August 2011 after he allegedly attacked and choked his 16-year-old daughter. Atlanta police charged him with battery-domestic violence.

The teen – Moseley's daughter from another relationship – lived at the Oriole Drive home with her father and Allen-Moseley, who at the time was Moseley's fiance. She told police that she had an argument with Moseley about her grades that escalated into a physical confrontation.

“The victim stated that she tried to walk out of the room when her father grabbed her and threw her to the ground. The victim stated that her father then put both his hands around her neck and began to choke her. The victim stated that she then struggled to get away from her father who was now on top of her,” according to Atlanta police incident report. 

Allen-Moseley pulled the man from her daughter, who fled outside to call her mother and police.

Moseley told police that his daughter yelled at him and used profanity, and he admitted to throwing down his daughter and attacking her.

Moseley recently started working as an emergency room doctor at Redmond Regional Medical Center in Rome. The staff there was shocked to hear of the fire and his death, according to the Rome News-Tribune.

The staff at Redmond Regional Medical Center was saddened and shocked Monday after hearing about the tragic death of recently employed Dr. Marcus Moseley, according to Redmond CEO John Quinlivan.

“On behalf of the entire Redmond staff, I send our deepest condolences to the Moseley family,” said Quinlivan.

Moseley, who specialized in internal and emergency medicine, worked in small town hospitals from Dalton to Jackson and Elberton, according to WSB. He also provided care for inmates of the Fulton County Jail. 


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