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Series of crimes in three counties ends when suspect ODs

Posted September 7, 2014

— A man who allegedly wreaked havoc across three counties was found dead of an apparent drug overdose in an Edgecombe County swamp Sunday morning, according to Sheriff James L. Knight.

From Saturday night into Sunday morning, law enforcement officers from Rowan, Guilford and Edgecombe County were alerted to the alleged crimes of Montannez Antonio Moody, 33, of 545 Newell Street in Concord. At one point, Moody was the subject of a statewide all-points bulletin.

The crime spree began in Rowan County. Deputies there said Moody went looking for his estranged wife, Julia Moody, Saturday night at a home where she was staying with relatives.

Witnesses said Moody broke a window at 4095 Richfield Road in Richfield just before 10 p.m. and opened fire into the home.

Julia Moody hid in a closet with her two sons.

Her sister, 17-year-old Jennifer Merriman was killed in the gunfire. Her 54-year-old aunt, Bernice Merriman, was injured.

Julia Moody and her sons were unhurt, but her estranged husband was able to flee the scene before deputies arrived.

Hours later in Guilford County, Montannez Moody forced his way into a home on Fairfield Road near High Point and forced a man and woman into his car at gunpoint.

After driving a short way, he forced the man out of the car. That man was able to give a description of Moody and his vehicle to deputies, who issued the APB.

Moody's female kidnap victim told authorities that he was taking drugs and that, in his impaired state, she managed to escape him at about 9 a.m.

The woman said Moody drove her to a secluded area near Southwest Edgecombe High School, where he sexually assaulted her.

The woman ran to a nearby home, where she called police. In the search for her attacker, deputies rerouted traffic in the area and evacuated some homes before they found Moody dead of an apparent overdose.

"They didn't go into details with us, they just told us to evacuate," said Carrie Boykin.

She said Edgecombe County sheriff's deputies knocked on her door at about 11 a.m.

Tina Batten got the same warning. "I really didn't have time to think. Guy with a gun? I'm going to go," she said.


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  • disgusted2010 Sep 8, 2014

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    Don't confuse him with facts, he won't believe them. He only believes HIS facts or HIS truth.

  • jdman Sep 8, 2014

    at least he won't be able to walk the streets again

  • B.c. Jimmy Sep 8, 2014
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    grand union, apparently you are unaware of the gun laws in mexico and its crime rate, or of south africa.

  • 68_dodge_polara Sep 8, 2014

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    We have more stabbing to. How do you blame that on the NRA?

  • Ty Shrake Sep 8, 2014
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    Apparently you are unaware of the fact that it was the NRA that pushed for background checks (NICS) and helped congress draft the legislation to make it happen.

    You also seem to be unaware that the NRA has trained millions of people in firearms safety. Name one liberal group that opposes the NRA or the second amendment that has ever trained anyone in firearm safety? People like you demand safety but unlike the NRA you never actually do anything about it.

    If you intend on blaming an outside group for this heinous crime you can start with Liberal groups that haven't lifted a finger to actually improve firearm safety in this country.

  • disgusted2010 Sep 8, 2014

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    I find it interesting you speak of this great country as "our country." With the way you disparage the US and hold up the European utopias as perfect I would be ashamed to claim the US. Yes freedom of speech gives you that right, but I doubt that you would defend another person's rights if it caused you to come down off your pedestal and mingle with common people or fight for those rights with evil weapons.

  • disgusted2010 Sep 8, 2014

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    It is interesting you harp on freedom of speech while openly disparaging people's rights of the right to bear arms. Typical elitist liberal, only support the rights you like while at the same time wanting those you don't like to go away. America, love it or LEAVE it.

  • Grand Union Sep 8, 2014

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    Since when were facts "insane"? It is a fact that crimes like this are very rare in the Western world outside the US, Its a fact that the Murder rate in the US is 4X that of the rest of the Western world, its a fact that the US is the only Western country not to have effective regulation of guns, its a fact that owning a gun makes you 3X more likely to be killed that not owning one and its a fact that the NRA are the main druiving force to ensure we do not have the sensible gun regulation enjoyed by the rest of the Western world.
    Please feel free to go live in Iran or similar country if you don't like our countries freedom of speech :)

  • disgusted2010 Sep 8, 2014

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    Do you never tire of your insane rants? Are you afraid of guns or the NRA? If so, please avail yourself of that dual citizenship you seem so proud of and leave us alone.

  • Deb Rodgers Sep 8, 2014
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    So sad for the victims' family and friends. Sounds like this man was way out of control and "things worked out for the best". He's no longer a threat. Oh, and BTW, the NRA doesn't just hand out guns to convicted felons, he had an illegal gun. Some people can't get out of their own way.