Records show drugs, violence in murder victim's past; father charged with murder

By: Carter Coyle Email
By: Carter Coyle Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Tuesday, June 5, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- We're learning more about the night a father allegedly shot and killed his own son in Augusta.

Robert Moody, 55, is charged with murder, but reports say his son, 23-year-old Rocky, is the one who started the fight that afternoon.

After filing a series of open records requests with local counties last week, News 12 obtained dozens of pages connecting Rocky to various criminal incidents since 2003.

The most recent reports reveal new information about the deadly shooting on May 28. The deputy's report states Rocky was fighting with a friend while driving in a car.

"Rocky Moody went inside his residence and he and his father, Robert Moody, got into a physical altercation," detailed the incident report.

It goes on to explain, "Robert Moody grabbed a 30-30 rifle and hid inside of a closet in the residence. When Rocky Moody located Robert Moody inside of the closet, Robert Moody fired the rifle once, striking Rocky Moody in the chest."

A supplemental report indicates Rocky hit and bit his father during the argument. It also reveals there were children inside the home at the time of the shooting, and deputies believe alcohol was used by the victim and/or the suspect.

Based on records News 12 received, Robert's criminal record is clean, apart from the charges in this shooting incident.

Rocky's rap sheet dates back to when he was a juvenile, even as young as 9 years old. The Richmond County Sheriff's Office says there are 14 juvenile incidents involving Rocky, the details of which cannot be released because of his age at the time.

Rocky's adult records include a string of drugs and violence.

Aug. 8, 2006
Rocky Moody was arrested for theft by taking. He's accused of stealing a car from a woman who was helping an intoxicated friend at Surrey Tavern in Augusta. The report indicates the car was driven onto a baseball field and abandoned with slashed tires behind a concession stand.

April 7, 2008
A report is filed in which Rocky claimed he was robbed at a gas station. He told the deputy he was giving a cigarette to a man in a car when he dropped $640 inside the vehicle. He said the driver refused to give him the money back and an altercation followed.

Witnesses had a different story of the incident. They told deputies Rocky was dealing Oxycontin drugs to a man in a car and then tried to stab him after the deal soured.

Aug. 6, 2008
Rocky is arrested for a violent stabbing incident in Columbia County. A man says he met Rocky to discuss money Rocky owed him and claimed Rocky began stabbing him over and over before running away.

Deputies later arrested Rocky for aggravated assault, possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

The assault charges were later dropped and Rocky pleaded guilty to a felony drug charge.

Moody was arrested a year later for violating his probation related to this charge.

May 19, 2009
Rocky is arrested for battery and possession. Robert called the cops on his son, after he allegedly starting beating his dad with a closed fist -- and used his teeth to bite his father's arm. Deputies arrested Rocky and say they found eight Oxycontin pills in a bag in his pocket.

Earlier reports in 2003 allege Rocky exposed himself to neighbors in his backyard and later stole designer sunglasses from an acquaintance.

According to his own Facebook page, Rocky would have turned 24 years old this week.

He worked at Augusta National as a landscaper and was a former member of the Army National Guard. The Guard tells News 12 Moody was given an honorable discharge in December 2010. His family tells us Rocky also graduated from Fort Gordon's Youth Challenge Academy. Admissions officials tell News 12 Rocky also briefly attended a campus of Georgia Military College five years ago, but did not graduate.

Family and friends tell News 12 Robert Moody was taken to the hospital for a heart attack after he was arrested. He's also developed necrotizing fasciitis, a flesh-eating bacteria, and is being kept in a coma in the ICU for now.

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