Double Murder Investigation
Update 2:37am Thursday
30-year-old self described white supremacist Jeremy Moody and his wife Christine, 36, are expected to face additional criminal charges Thursday on top of the current double murder charges they face.
Union County Sheriff David Taylor told News 13 more charges will be filed. In addition Taylor said added he's speaking with federal authorities to see if the couple could be charged with hate crimes.
Moody investigators said admitted he killed Charles Parker, 59, and Gretchen Parker, 51 and that he targeted Parker because he was a registered sex offender. Moody and his wife were denied bond Wednesday and will remain in the Union County Jail on double first degree murder charges.
"He indicated he was going on our website looking at sex offenders and randomly targeting individuals off that website," said Sheriff Taylor Wednesday. Taylor said Moody used a pistol at close range to shoot the couple and then stabbed them numerous times leaving them on two different couches in their Union county home. Moody told investigators he planned to murder another registered sex offender Wednesday but police arrested him before he could commit the crime. He also has told investigators he's killed other registered sex offenders in the past but police have not been able to confirm that and suspect Moody may be embellishing his confession.
"He does think he is a vigilante," said Sheriff Taylor.
Moody and his wife lived with Moody's parents who told they Sheriff they were shocked by their son's actions and admission. Moody is well known to deputies in the area. He has multiple tattoos with one that says "Skinhead" across his neck. He moved back from Philadelphia years ago and investigators said it was then when he had become a radical thinker with extremist philosophies. The murders took place in the victim's homes, twenty minutes away from Moody's home in Lockhart. Investigators said the couple had lured Charles and Gretchen out of their home to look at their mini-cooper they pulled up in in the yard. Charles was a small time mechanic who worked on cars. He also had surveillance cameras in his front yard. The exchange was caught on tape. Moody then walked around the back door with the couple and according to Sheriff Taylor admitted he pulled a pistol on the couple and then ordered them inside the house where he shot and killed them. Moody said he shot Charles Parker twice, once in the next and once in the chest. He said he shot Mrs. Parker once killing her. He then went on he told investigators to stab the couple multiple times. Moody has been on probation on a prescription drug conviction. He has multiple tattoos according to police including two that read "Made in America" and "White Power."
by Kimberly King
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Union County Sheriff David Taylor says a suspect in a double murder told deputies he targeted one of the victims because he was on the sex offender registry.
30-year-old Jeremy and 36-year-old Christine Moody are charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of 51-year-old Gretchen Dawn Parker and 59-year-old Charles Melvin Parker.
Charles Parker, who went by Butch, was convicted of 3rd degree criminal sexual conduct in 1991. Sheriff Taylor says Moody admitted he planned to kill Parker last year, but chickened out. Sheriff Taylor said Moody told them that Parker said he didn't have any money and Moody said he wasn't there to rob him, he was there to kill him because he was a child molester. The Sheriff also said Moody told them he had no beef with Parker's wife.
The Sheriff said Moody had targeted another person on the sex offender registry to be his next victim and they are looking into whether Moody may have done this in the past.
Today, the sheriff said video surveillance outside the Parker's home showed the Moody's coming to the home on Sunday and that Jeremy Moody had a gun in hand.
The Moody's have been denied bond and will now await trial.