SC couple pleads guilty to killing convicted sex offender; shows no remorse

Jeremy Moody and Christine Moody

Jeremy Moody and Christine Moody

UNION, S.C. — In court, the South Carolina neo-Nazi couple seemed remorseful for the 2013 murder of a sex offender, but they changed their tunes when their life sentences were handed down.

“Child molesters do not deserve to live,” Jeremy Moody said as he was led out of a Union County courthouse Tuesday wearing handcuffs and striped prison scrubs. “Had to do it over again, I’d kill more.”

As his wife, Christine Moody, was placed into a police car for transport to prison, she added, “I have no regrets. Killing that pedophile was the best day of my life.”

The couple was charged in the murders of Charles Parker, 59, and his wife, Gretchen, 51, in July. The Moodys went to their Jonesville home pretending to have car trouble, entered the home and killed the couple, Union County Chief Deputy Perry Haney said at the time.

Jeremy Moody, 31, told police he killed the Parkers because Charles Parker was on the South Carolina sex offender registry, Haney said. He was convicted in 1991 of sexual assault on a child and again in 2003 of third-degree criminal sexual misconduct involving a 31-year-old woman, CNN affiliate WHNS reported, citing police and court records.

Jeremy Moody and Christine Moody

Jeremy Moody and Christine Moody. The couple pleaded guilty to killing 59-year-old Charles Parker and his wife.

Gretchen Parker was not a registered sex offender, Haney told CNN.

The Parkers were found dead July 22. They’d been stabbed and shot with a .380 handgun, Haney said. Police used images from the Parkers’ home surveillance system to track down their killers, he said.

Integral to identifying Jeremy Moody, police said, were his tattoos: In addition to the words “white power” atop his bald head, he also has the word “skinhead” tattooed almost ear to ear beneath his chin.

In bond court, Christine Moody, 37, called Charles Parker a “demon,” and she and her husband claimed to be part of a white supremacist group called Crew 41, WHNS reported.

The pair pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of murder, two counts of kidnapping, two counts of possession of a firearm during a violent crime and first-degree burglary, the station said.

Prior to their sentencing, both Moodys expressed remorse for their crimes, as Jeremy Moody told the court, “Not a day goes by that I don’t regret the incident that happened, and I know that what I’ve done is a sin.”

Christine Moody also feigned contrition, reading from the Bible and saying, “I truly believe God has forgiven Jeremy and I. I hope you do, too.”

Charles Parker, who was murdered by Charles Parker.

Charles Parker

They told the court they suffered from mental problems and had a history of sexual abuse in their families. The Moodys’ defense attorney asked for 30-year sentences, WHNS reported.

But Circuit Judge Lee Alford wasn’t buying it.

“I saw you smiling at each other in court,” he told them, handing down life sentences.

And with that, so went the Moodys’ remorse.

“See you perverts later,” Jeremy Moody said as he was escorted out of the courtroom. “That’s what child molesters get.”

Outside the courthouse, Christine Moody told reporters that she and Jeremy have “a love that will withstand” their life sentences, and if given the opportunity, they’d kill Parker again.

Reporters challenged her about her apparent change of heart: Was she lying when she told the court she had repented?

“No, it’s not true. My lawyer made me say it,” she said.

And did she have anything to say to Parkers’ families?

“May they die also,” she said before officers placed her in the back of a squad car.

Family members told WHNS they were pleased with the Moodys’ sentences and unsurprised by their vitriol. That doesn’t mean Charles Parker’s sister was happy about being taunted.

“It made me mad. They was laughing about what they did, took somebody’s life the way they did it,” Brenda Franklin told the station. “Nobody should die like that. Nobody.”

9 comments

  • santana odell

    That’s what child molesters get finally someone sees the light someone needs to do this to them all f this guy the couple should be let free they got one for the streets

    • Tracey

      They didn’t do it for the streets, they went looking, 10 years after he commited the crime, no why did they seek justice. They are just animals themselves!!

  • Tracey

    and the wife? what did she do other than be married? why kill her too. That was thier excuse to kill, they are sum as well, kill them too!!!

  • Just Sayin...

    Um, it appears their race is of the same as whom they killed… did you have a point? if you didnt read they recieved life sentences…so again, not sure what you mean by “figures”.

  • Chucky

    I don’t want to be in a society where a person can decide that another person is guilty of a crime and pass sentence on them. That would quickly come a lawless society. The man was tried, convicted and did his time. They had no right to murder him. In addition, they killed his wife. I think they should have gotten the death penalty. What if they decided you were guilty of something and didn’t deserve to live? That is what courts are for.

  • J

    you look through the news, you hurt kids, you deserve death. point blank. and people need to spend time with their kids and quit worrying about everyone else..if you can’t take time with kids, don’t make them…simple

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