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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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sammy_evans4 May 07 2014 at 5:00 PM

I fell no sorrow for someone that rapes another person or for any one that even touches a child. But I have a agree, not everyone listed as a sex offender has raped or molested a child. Our sex offender sites should tell what someone is on it for. There is a mils different between someone raping or molesting than that of someone that got caught peeing on the side of the road, and in most cases no one even saw the person peeing private part, all that was seen was his pee stream or his just zipping up his pants. But he will still have to register alone with the worse of the worse. That's wrong.

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onelane21 May 07 2014 at 5:36 PM

LOCK THEM UP THROW AWAY THE KEY

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onelane21 May 07 2014 at 5:37 PM

LOCK THEM UP AND THROW AWAY THE KEY

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jondolinger May 07 2014 at 5:42 PM

too bad they got caught...might have done this world good to take out a few prev

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abimsr jondolinger May 07 2014 at 5:59 PM

Don't ever make a mistake or some sicko could be pointing a gun at you and smiling just before the trigger is pulled.

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steadyfreddy2112 May 07 2014 at 5:45 PM

There appears to have been no justification for the killing of Parker's wife but the world is nonetheless better off without a guy who took advantage of a disabled person sexually or otherwise.

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jmg62 steadyfreddy2112 May 07 2014 at 6:18 PM

Well steadyfreddy2112 - let's come on over to your little abode and see any and all perversions you partake of. Following the Bible regular like? Been married and brought children into the World? Tithed to your Church? Go to Church and keep the Sabath holy? Masturbate at all? That is- "spill your seed upon the ground" without the blessedness of procreation? God makes room for Man's Laws. Man's Laws must take into account God's Laws. Just like these folks the Moody's do? - is this what you're saying? Moody's can be excused for murder if we all agree merely that the World is a Better Place without 2 people? Right, Wrong or Indifferent - Parker did his Time. But The Society of Man need go further in the guise of these representatives of humanity? Is that "Fence" you sit upon comfortable? Write your Representatives and pray to your God 'cause there's no 2 ways about it. Choose the World you'd rather live in.

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welcome eric jmg62 May 07 2014 at 6:29 PM

I think you are way out of line. His viewpoint is reasonable without your absolutes..

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welcome eric steadyfreddy2112 May 07 2014 at 6:26 PM

Spot on.

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ghsteyeredtriaus May 07 2014 at 5:47 PM

They may have taken out a pervert, but they are also racist people/anti-gay... anti-anyone that isn't white, straight or of Jewish religion. They aren't good people even if they "got rid" of these "perverted" people.

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Plummer, Joseph May 07 2014 at 5:47 PM

They should have gotten the death penality. They killed the man because he was listed as a sex offender, the wife was not, but they killed her too. may they rot in hell.

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adacommodities May 07 2014 at 5:49 PM

I like the "Made In America" part of of this sick person's tattoo.

Couldn't have said it better.

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abimsr adacommodities May 07 2014 at 6:00 PM

As with any product "made in America" some are true defects that need to be replace with better products. Off to the land of misfit toys for these two.

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jmg62 May 07 2014 at 6:04 PM

Yet another reason posting pedophiles on line brings the whacko's out to do murder. Don't like 'em - don't want 'em around - but I also don't want some fatheaded, low IQ inter breeders going around shooting, stabbing - killing folks across the street (finding that the pedophile moved) 'cause THEY think it's the Best of All Things and Is Naturally Sanctioned by God and Jesus himself. "Kill Again"? Uh, how's that for predisposition to inflict murder and prior motivation along with possessing the weapons to do it? How's that work for South Carolina? Every pedophile or sexual predator who has someone break into their house can - 2nd Amendment States - carry their own weapons and on their property USE them! So when fat, dimwitted ugly people break in brandishing their's - BLOW 'EM AWAY! Tats alone would get them shot in this neighborhood reaching for the door knob. May need a new process - but these morons aren't it.

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welcome eric jmg62 May 07 2014 at 6:34 PM

Most of those sex offenders are convicted felons, no gun for them as per law. Remember with guns must come many rules, right?

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taxman9pelham May 07 2014 at 6:22 PM

well the pervert is dead he will not hurt another child ,these people would be out of jail if the court would do their job ?

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ribuad taxman9pelham May 07 2014 at 6:26 PM

Are you kidding me? You are as sick as they are.

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bdot157 taxman9pelham May 07 2014 at 7:00 PM

2 wrongs do not make a right. FYI he was not a child molester, read the damn article before opening your ignorant hole

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