Kenneth Moody Loses Appeal in the State Supreme Court

Published: Mar. 14, 2003 at 3:38 AM CST|Updated: Mar. 18, 2003 at 9:47 PM CST
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Kenneth Moody, convicted of two 1995 killings, lost an appeal Thursday before the Mississippi Supreme Court.
    In April 2001, Moody was convicted of two counts of capital murder for the slayings of Robbie Bond, 21, and William Hatcher, 27. He was sentenced to two consecutive life terms without parole.
    Moody was convicted of killing the two and burying their bodies near his mobile home in Perry County.
    Hatcher and Bond were abducted near the Mahned Bridge over the Leaf River in Perry County. The couple was beaten to death and Bond was repeatedly raped.
    The case was moved from Hattiesburg to Biloxi because of pretrial news coverage.
    On appeal, Moody claimed that his confession was not freely given.
    A law officer testified at his trial that Moody signed a wavier of his rights and confessed to the murders. A partial transcript of the confession was admitted into evidence in the trial.
    Justice George Carlson, writing Thursday for the court, said evidence in the trial was that investigators repeatedly asked Moody if he was waiving his rights.
    "Nowhere in the confession interview do the officers threaten or promise Moody anything," Carlson wrote.