Murder victim Rocky Moody had criminal history

In 2005, Gen. William T. Nesbitt congratulated Rocky Moody, 17, during the graduation ceremony for the Georgia National Guard's Youth Challenge Academy at Augusta's civic center.

Rocky Moody had a criminal history in Richmond County going back to 1997, when he would have been 9, according to his sheriff’s office file.


Although the law does not allow the release of reports on a juvenile, authorities can say there were 14 juvenile reports involving Moody between 1997 and 2006.

In 2005, The Augusta Chronicle interviewed Moody after his graduation from the Georgia National Guard’s Youth Challenge Academy.

Moody, 17 at the time, admitted to making mistakes but said, “I was always judged by my past.”

He told reporters he planned to go to Georgia Military College in Milledgeville and become an Army officer through the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. He received a scholarship worth more than $30,000, according to the newspaper account.

A year later, Moody was in the Richmond County jail on charges of theft by taking, according to his file. Police said Moody took a Toyota Camry from Surrey Tavern. The car had been left unlocked with the keys in the ignition. It was found abandoned the next day at Eisenhower Park.

Since turning 18, Moody was arrested at least five times.

Charges included drug offenses, theft by taking, theft by taking motor vehicle, driving under the influence and family violence battery.

In May 2009, Rocky Moody was arguing with his father, Robert Moody, when the situation became heated and he punched his father in the face several times, according to an incident report.

Moody bit his father on the arm, breaking the skin, according to a police report.

Moody also bit his father several times on the arm in the May 28 attack at their home on Red Bird Road. Shortly afterward, authorities said, his father shot and killed him. He was 23.

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