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South Carolina couple who killed sex offender lash out in court



By JEFFREY COLLINS

UNION, S.C. (AP) -- A couple who carried out a plan to kill a registered sex offender and his wife showed little remorse when they were sentenced to life in prison Tuesday, with one shouting: "That's what child molesters get!"

Initially, Jeremy and Christine Moody apologized to the judge and asked for a 30-year sentence so they could see their children and grow old together. But after Union County Judge Lee Alford handed down the maximum punishment, they shared a brief kiss and then showed how they really felt.

"See you perverts later," Jeremy Moody shouted at Charles Parker's family as he walked out of court. "That's what child molesters get."

And as Christine Moody walked in shackles to a police car outside of the courthouse, she told reporters: "Killing that pedophile was the best day of my life."

SC Couple Who Killed Sex Offender Act Out In Court

The Moodys went to church the day they killed Parker, 59, and his 51-year-old wife, Gretchen. While there, they decided to put into motion plans to kill the mechanic and anyone else in his home.

They drove their car to his house and popped the hood like they were having car trouble. When Parker came out to help, Jeremy Moody pulled a gun and ordered him inside, prosecutor Kevin Brackett said.

The couple then told Parker and his wife exactly why they were going to kill them, Brackett said.

Jeremy Moody, 31, shot the couple, then his 37-year-old wife stabbed them. A surveillance camera on Parker's land caught them leaving, and deputies recognized Jeremy Moody from the word "skinhead" tattooed on his neck and the "Made in America" tattoo on the side of his head.

Both were convicted of murder, kidnapping and first-degree burglary.

Lawyers said both defendants were sexually abused as children and that made them want revenge against the type of people who hurt them. They believed they had a divine assignment to kill all sex offenders, said psychologist Harold Morgan, who analyzed Jeremy Moody.

After he was arrested, Jeremy Moody directed investigators to a sheet of paper in his home. He wrote the name and address of another sex offender, telling police he was going to kill that person the next day if he had not been arrested.

Brackett said the Moodys had no right to act as a judge and a jury after Parker had already served a sentence for taking advantage of a disabled woman.

Outside of reading the 69th Psalm from the Bible and letters from their church members, the couple showed little remorse. They smiled and looked longingly at each other during the hearing. Jeremy Moody smirked as members of the Parker family asked the judge for the maximum sentence. When the judge asked Christina Moody the standard question of whether anyone offered her anything for plea, she answered "just fame and fortune."

The couple told authorities they had killed others, but investigators found no evidence of other crimes, Brackett said.

They were members of a loosely organized online white supremacist group called Crew 41.

Defense lawyers pointed out Christine Moody was a breast cancer survivor who underwent a double mastectomy four years ago and Jeremy Moody suffered from schizophrenia and was not on his medicine when the killings took place.

"He was on his medicine today and look what he had to say," Brackett said.

Parker's family didn't hear Jeremy Moody call them perverts because they were already being taken out of the courtroom. They shrugged off his words outside.

"He got what he deserved. He would kill again if he was let out," said Charles Parker's sister Brenda Franklin. "He can say whatever he wants. He's dying in prison."

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mrj8gd May 07 2014 at 12:51 PM

If the courts would put all sex offenders, child molesters, rapist and pedophiles to death then noone else would have to act as judge and jury. They deserve prison for their crimes but again why should the state have to pay for their up keep, execute them too. It is a life sentence let life be about 2 more weeks for them

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Candice May 07 2014 at 1:04 PM

Two nuts cases this has nothing to do with God.

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pontificio May 07 2014 at 1:03 PM

Theirs is real conviction.

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geocur3971 May 07 2014 at 1:02 PM

Respect for the LAW? That, apparently, is for those lesser ones of us.

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Royce May 07 2014 at 1:01 PM

Registered sex offender....isn't that an idiotic term?? why the courts let these sick bastards out ...like they are reformed and won't do it again is so stupid.
Someone who molests a child should be either sentenced to death or life in prison...there is no cure for that sickness.

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Mary Ann & Mike May 07 2014 at 1:00 PM

How do these people find each other? Little do they know what awaits them in the big house. They will be singing a different tune after awhile.

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lalalexm1 Mary Ann & Mike May 07 2014 at 1:04 PM

Not really. Did you notice the tattoo on his neck. He, at least, will be a hero in the big house. They kill child molesters in prison.

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Jinxyzboi Mary Ann & Mike May 07 2014 at 1:07 PM

You should know what it's like to be touched by an adult as a child. It makes "the big house" a walk in the park

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jtdancernh May 07 2014 at 12:59 PM

"They believed they had a divine assignment to kill all sex offenders."

Really? So, ummm, God gave them an assignment to break one of His commandments?
Doubt it very much. After all, God has made it VERY clear the HE will be the judge.

They must be really stupid people.

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Wright Family May 07 2014 at 12:56 PM

No, Moody.....look what murderers get. Life in prison. worse than if you molested a child. Idiot.

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mbaughn1 May 07 2014 at 12:54 PM

These two did a great service to the entire world! Sex offenders need to be eradicated!

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Larry May 07 2014 at 1:04 PM

A match of the dregs of society. Nobody won.

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