Man who killed son will not be prosecuted

Man insisted he shot son in self-defense

 

One year ago, Robert Moo­dy was facing a murder charge in the death of his son and fighting for his life from injuries caused by his son. Now, District Attorney Ash­­ley Wright says the case against him has been dropped.

Investigators had said murder warrants were issued because it appeared Rob­ert Moo­dy had enough time to seek help from authorities but didn’t call 911.

According to information obtained by the district attorney’s office Thursday, the warrants were dismissed Jan. 10 because “there does not appear to be sufficient evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Moody was arrested May 28, 2012, after he fatally shot his 23-year-old son, Rocky, in the chest with a .30-30 rifle, police said.

Moody told police he fired in self-defense after years of suffering abuse from his son.

Soon after his arrest, Moody underwent several surgeries for necrotizing fasciitis, sometimes referred to as “flesh-eating bacteria,” that is believed to have been caused by bites from his son. His family said Moody suffered a heart attack after one of the surgeries.

According to reports obtained through an open records request, police had been called to the Moody home several times over the years after the son hit and, in most cases, bit his father.

In one instance, Rocky Moody knocked over the Christ­mas tree and hit his mother with a towel after she refused to turn off the washing machine and dishwasher, which forced him to take a cold shower.

The problems came to a head last May when Rocky Moody went out with a longtime friend and drank. On the way back, they argued about cigarettes, and Rocky hit the driver; the vehicle crashed into a tree in the Moodys’ front yard.

Witnesses told police the fight continued, but it was aimed at his father. Robert Moo­dy told police that Rocky assaulted him until he took shelter in a closet with his rifle.

When his son opened the closet door, he fired a shot into Rocky’s chest. Moody told police he feared for his life and was tired of fighting with his son.

At the house, deputies saw Rocky Moody’s friend with bruises, scratches and a black eye that was swollen shut. His father had bite wounds to the thigh, forearm, upper arm and back, and cuts to his face, head, neck and back.

Rocky Moody had a history of charges in Richmond and Columbia counties, including driving under the influence, theft by taking, possession of controlled substances with intent to distribute, aggravated assault and simple battery.

Robert Moody did not respond to requests for comment this week.

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