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Police: South Carolina couple targeted, killed sex offender; wife also slain

Friday, July 26, 2013 - 8:31am

A South Carolina husband and wife have each been charged with two counts of murder in connection with the shooting deaths of a registered sex offender and his wife inside their home.

Union County sheriff's police said Jeremy Moody admitted specifically targeting Charles Parker, 59, because he was a sex offender. Parker was convicted of third-degree criminal sexual misconduct in South Carolina in 2003 and of first-degree rape in North Carolina in 1991, according to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

"He told our investigators in his statement that the deceased, Mr. Parker, told him that he thought he was there to rob him," Sheriff David H. Taylor said in an interview with CNN. "He says, 'I am not here to rob you, I am here to kill you because you are a child molester.' And those were his words to our investigator."

According to police, Moody and his wife, Christine, walked up to the Parkers' home pretending they were having car trouble. They were met at the door by Gretchen Parker, who spoke with the couple for a few minutes before being asked if her husband was home. Taylor says that when she and Charles Parker returned, the suspects allegedly forced their way inside and killed both of them. The Parkers were each found with gunshot and stab wounds.

Police arrived at the home Monday night after receiving a 911 call. They don't know when the deaths occurred.

The Parkers' home was equipped with a video surveillance system -- and a sign posted outside that read "Smile You're On Camera" -- and police say that is how they identified the suspects and were able to locate and arrest them at 3:40 a.m. Wednesday.

It's possible the quick arrest saved at least one more life. Taylor said that Jeremy Moody "told us that it was a good thing we arrested him before Wednesday because he had a target and was planning to kill another sex offender yesterday."

The sheriff said that Moody, 30, is a possible white supremacist who lists an alias of "White Power Head" on his police report. He also has "SKINHEAD" tattooed across his neck.

Neither Jeremy Moody nor Christine Moody, 36, entered a plea during a Wednesday bond hearing. They have not yet been assigned legal representation and are next scheduled to be in court October 8 for a preliminary hearing.

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