— A Fayetteville man accused of killing his wife and stood in front of a Cumberland County judge for the first time Friday afternoon.

Michael Moore, 43, kept his arms folded while standing in front of Chief District Court Judge Robert Stiehl.

Moore is accused of killing his wife, 43-year-old Marcquisus Moore, on Aug. 22 at the couple’s home on York Road in Fayetteville. He is charged with first-degree murder and could face the death penalty if convicted.

District Attorney Billy West isn’t discussing a possible motive in the crime, but he said Michael Moore stole some of his wife’s jewelry and her car before fleeing to Las Vegas.

after family members asked authorities to conduct a wellness check because she hadn’t been seen or heard from in several days.

“Any time you’ve got a domestic situation like this, where a husband is alleged to have killed his wife, and she was found with duct tape, and some of her items taken and he fled out of state, it’s just very horrendous facts, and we believe she had been there for several days when the officers did the well-being check,” West said.

West said the family isn’t ready to speak publicly about the crime. He said they’re distraught over losing a daughter, a mother and a sister.

Michael Moore on Friday asked for a court-appointed attorney before being taken back to jail. His next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 25.