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Homicide suspect calls victim 'pedophile' and 'demon'

Posted: Updated: July 29, 2013 11:51 PM
Christine and Jeremy Moody (Source: Union Co. Sheriff's Office) Christine and Jeremy Moody (Source: Union Co. Sheriff's Office)
Christine and Jeremy Moody at their bond hearing on Wednesday (Source: FOX Carolina) Christine and Jeremy Moody at their bond hearing on Wednesday (Source: FOX Carolina)
Union County deputies investigate discovery of two bodies at a home on Furman L. Fendley Highway. (July 23, 2013/FOX Carolina) Union County deputies investigate discovery of two bodies at a home on Furman L. Fendley Highway. (July 23, 2013/FOX Carolina)
Gretchen Parker and Charles Parker. (Source: Lee Crenshaw) Gretchen Parker and Charles Parker. (Source: Lee Crenshaw)

Two homicide suspects in Union County are facing more charges after a fatal stabbing and shooting in Jonesville.

On July 22, Sheriff David Taylor said a neighbor called 911 about 8:40 p.m. and wanted deputies to check on the residents in a home on Furman L. Fendley Highway.

He identified the victims as Gretchen Parker, 51, and Charles Parker, 59, and said they lived in the home where they were found dead.

The victims were shot with a .380 handgun at close range and stabbed, according to Taylor.

Taylor said surveillance video helped them identify and arrest Christine Moody, 36, and Jeremy Moody, 30, in connection with the Parkers' deaths. Both were arrested and charged with two counts of murder.

On July 29, the sheriff's office announced more charges against the two. In addition to the murder charges, Jeremy Moody and Christine Moody are also charged with two counts of kidnapping, two counts of possession of a firearm during a violent crime and first degree burglary, Taylor said.

In court, Christine Moody told FOX Carolina that Charles Parker was a "pedophile" and a "demon."

The Moodys are being held without bond on the murder charges.  The couple will have to see a circuit court judge before bond can be considered on the other charges.

According to the sheriff, Jeremy Moody told deputies he killed Charles Parker because he was a registered sex offender and planned to kill another registered sex offender on his list Wednesday had he not been caught, Taylor said. Taylor said Gretchen Parker was killed because she was with Charles Parker.

According to the State Law Enforcement Division website, Charles Parker is listed as a registered sex offender, convicted in 2003 of third-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a 31-year-old woman.  North Carolina court records show Parker was also convicted in a sexual assault case involving a child in 1991.

Deputies, neighbor discover bodies in Jonesville home

A neighbor had stopped by a few times Monday, but no one came to the door so he called deputies, Taylor said.

Taylor said in a press conference Tuesday that both victims were shot and also stabbed multiple times, but so far, investigators have no leads and have not made any arrests in the case.

"Anytime you have dead bodies, and you don't know who's done the act, it's a threat," Taylor said.

An autopsy done Monday morning determined that Charles Parker was shot twice, once in the neck and once in the chest, and also suffered from stab wounds, Taylor said. Gretchen Parker was shot once in the chest and stabbed multiple times, according to Taylor.

When deputies arrived, they found the back door open and heard dogs inside the home, Taylor said. He said deputies discovered the bodies of a man and woman in the living room, guarded by several dogs. 

Taylor said investigators had to wait for Animal Control to take eight dogs, some puppies, two cats and chickens out of the house and secure warrants before going inside.

State Law Enforcement Division investigators were brought in to help process the crime scene, Taylor said.

Taylor said from everyone investigators have talked to, no one had talked to the Parkers since Saturday. He also said there were no signs of forced entry, though the door was left wide open.

"From everything that we can tell, nothing is missing at this time," Taylor said. "Everything appears to still be intact. The house was not ransacked. So it doesn't appear to be robbery."

Sheriff: Surveillance video shows suspects at scene of crime

Jeremy Moody told deputies that he had met Charles Parker a year earlier and they were acquaintances, according to Taylor.

According to Taylor, Jeremy Moody said he wanted to kill Charles Parker a year ago but he "chickened out" and then decided to kill him Sunday. Taylor said Jeremy Moody got the tools necessary to go through with his plans, including a gun, knife, gloves and boots.

Taylor said the Parkers' exterior surveillance cameras showed the Moodys pull up to the home, pop the hood on their vehicle as if it was broken down then encounter Gretchen Parker.

He said Charles Parker came out of the home after his wife for a few minutes before returning inside. That's when the Moodys went inside the home, Taylor said.

According to Taylor, surveillance video shows both of the Moodys walk inside the home. He said Christine Moody appeared to have something in her hand while Jeremy Moody appeared to have a gun in his hand.

Jeremy Moody told deputies that he confronted Charles Parker, telling him he was not there to rob him when they said they did not have any money, according to Taylor.

"He says, 'You think I'm here to rob you, I'm not here to rob you,'" Taylor said Jeremy Moody told deputies. "[He] says, 'I'm here to kill you because you're a child molester.'"

Jeremy Moody admitted to pulling the trigger of the gun and stabbing the victims, according to Taylor.

Because Christine Moody was present during the killings, knew about them and did nothing, Taylor said, she is just as culpable.

Taylor said Jeremy Moody is affiliated with some type of group and is now under investigation in connection with crimes in other counties.

On Friday the sheriff's office said that the FBI was opening its own investigation into Jeremy Moody's activities.

Stay with FOX Carolina and foxcarolina.com for the latest in this developing story.

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