Moses Deyell
First appearance "A Cock and Balls Story" (episode 4.01)
Last appearance "Orpheus Descending" (episode 4.14)
Reason/Cause Death by Traffic Collision
Prisoner No. 00D718
Aliases None
Gender Male
Age 30s (Deceased)
Date of Conviction February 3, 2000
Date of Death February 11, 2001
Affiliations Death Row
Spouse Unnamed Ex-Girlfriend (Deceased)
Relatives Unspecified
Kill Count 3
Episode Count 11 Episodes
Portrayed by Erik King
"You know what's so crazy about this? On the brink of my demise I feel more alive than ever. Like I got more reason to live. So long, Saïd."
Moses Deyell[src]

Moses Deyell was an African American inmate featured in Oz. He was a Story Arc character in Season 4. Portrayed by Erik King.

Plot Summary[edit | edit source]

"Prisoner number 00D718, Moses Deyell. Convicted February 3, 2000 - Two counts of murder in the first degree. Sentence: Death."
The Narrator[src]

Season 4, Part I[edit | edit source]

While on death row, Moses befriends fellow inmates Nat Ginzburg, an AIDS victim, and even Shirley Bellinger despite her being renowned for holding racist views against blacks. Moses did shows a lot of disdain towards inmate Mark Miles as Miles was on death row for murdering two of his own families in cold blood. (He married a second time after serving time in a psych ward for the first murder.) Miles responds by calling Moses a racial slur, leading both to be constantly at each others' throats. Moses and Shirley Bellinger develop somewhat of an attraction to one another despite her views on African-Americans, and Shirley tries to share a kiss with Moses while being briefly let out of her cell. They are rudely interrupted by a bitter Miles calling their supervising C.O. (Aryan sympathizer Len Lopresti). Some nights, Moses masturbates watching Shirley having sex with Lopresti.

When Shirley is executed, Nat Ginzburg starts to succumb to AIDS symptoms, much to Miles's annoyance who had begun to paint a self portrait on his wall. When Moses shows concern for Ginzburg's well-being, Miles decides to mock Moses with more racist jokes. During one angry attack, Moses punches the wall, breaking his own arm. While being treated for his wounds Moses asks Dr. Gloria Nathan to visit Ginzburg and make her own diagnosis of his condition. She does and tells Ginzburg he'd be transferred to the AIDS ward. Ginzburg however asks for the date of his execution to be moved up instead, which is granted.

Ultimately Ginzburg would die from AIDS days before his execution leaving just Moses and Miles on death row. Moses then meets with his lawyer who had been trying to appeal his case: She informs him that his appeal was denied and that the next step would be to appeal to the state court which could take a year to get processed, angering Moses. His lawyer however also informs Moses that the judge of the state supreme court has prostate cancer and that, with some time, if he dies or retires Moses's case might be viewed differently.

When Moses returns from the meeting Miles takes delight in insulting Moses, using different racist dialects to berate him. Angred, Moses started to dig a tunnel in the wall that divides his and Miles's cells: He had received a pick by black inmate Leroy Tidd during their meal call. Some days before Miles's execution, Moses breaks the wall and strangles Mark to death. As a result his lawyer tells him that his chances of an appeal are gone and even if he were somehow granted one, he would be more likely to face the death penalty for either one or both of his crimes.

Season 4, Part II[edit | edit source]

Being now the only inmate at Oz on the death row, Moses shows some regret over murdering Miles. Shortly afterwards, insane inmate William Giles is convicted to death for the homicide of his Latino inmate Louis Bevilaqua and is sent to death row. When Giles has to decide how he wants to die, he declares that he wants to be stoned to death. Due the inviability of such a manner of death, Governor James Devlin re-writes the death penalty laws, allowing only lethal injection and electric chair as possibilities.

Giles's sentence is overturned, and he was sent to solitary confinement. Inspired by Giles, Moses meets with Muslim leader Kareem Said and tells him his book changed his mind and he now wants to donate his organs. Moses then meets the blind man who is to receive his eyes and enters a van to go to the hospital. The television news later announces that Moses Deyell died while trying to escape from the moving van.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Season 4, Part I

Season 4, Part II

Kill Count[edit | edit source]


  • His Ex-Girlfriend & Her Husband: Shot them both to death after he discovered his ex-girlfriend was married. (2000)
  • Mark Miles: Strangled him to death for his constant racial slurs. (2000)

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Erik King, the actor who played Moses Deyell, later worked with Lauren Velez (Gloria Nathan), Scott William Winters (Cyril O'Reily) and David Zayas (Enrique Morales) in the Showtime series Dexter as the arrogant Sergeant James Doakes.
    • Lauren Velez played his best friend, accomplice and ex-lover, Lieutenant Maria LaGuerta. Scott William Winters played as Doakes's co-worker Detective McNamara and David Zayas played as his fellow partner, Detective Angel Batista, who later married Lauren Velez's character.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Death Row

Jefferson Keane - Richard L'Italien - Donald GrovesShirley Bellinger - Richie Hanlon - Moses Deyell - Mark Miles - Nat Ginzburg - William Giles - Chris Keller - Cyril O'Reily - Jaz Hoyt - Timmy Kirk

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