South Carolina couple arrested after targeting sex offenders for murderBy Mason White 5:06 AM July 25, 2013
|Jeremy Moody and Christine Moody|
By: Debbie Gross
(Scroll down for video) A man and his wife were charged with murder related charges for killing a man and his wife after the male victim was listed on the state’s sex offender list, according to police reports in South Carolina.
Union County Police said that a couple targeted a random sex offender, and killed a man and his wife. The man later told police that he planned to kill others on the state’s sex list, authorities said Wednesday.
Jeremy Moody and his wife, Christine, were arrested and charged with murder, Union County Sheriff David Taylor said.
Jeremy Moody confessed to the crime and told investigators that they arrested them just in time, Taylor said.
“The couple planned to kill additional sex offenders today,” the sheriff said.
Moody did not know 59-year-old Charles Parker, but came to his home Sunday with plans to kill him, Taylor said during a press conference. Surveillance cameras outside the home of Parker shows that Moody and his wife came to his home on Sunday.
The Moodys and Parker spoke to each other for about 10 minutes, then it seems that the Moodys were invited inside. The video shows the suspects entering the house with what appears to be weapons, Taylor said.
“They planned to kill this individual last year but they chickened out,” the sheriff said. “But on Sunday, they decided that they were going to kill him,” he added.
The sheriff said that Moody told Parker: “You think I’m here to steal? I’m not here to steal. I’m here to kill you because you’re a child molester.”
Taylor said he did not know why Moody targeted a sex offender.
Both Charles Parker and his 51-year-old wife, Gretchen, were shot and stabbed. Taylor said Gretchen Parker was not specifically targeted, but was killed because she was in the house.
Jeremy Moody, 30, who lived in nearby Lockhart confessed to deputies after he was arrested early Wednesday morning, investigators said. Moody has a “skinhead” tattooed on his neck, and Taylor told authorities that he may have been involved in other crimes against the people he hated. The sheriff said his officers were checking with other law enforcement agencies in the vicinity, but no additional charges had been filed. Investigators were also looking at whether Moody was affiliated with any white supremacist group.
Christine Moody, 36, has not spoken to deputies, the sheriff said.
The community where it occurred is about 80 miles northwest of Columbia.