After nearly three hours of deliberation, the jury finds the suspect in the Publix parking lot shooting guilty of first-degree murder. Just 30 minutes after their decision, the judge made his, sentencing Moody to the mandatory minimum life sentence without the possibility of parole.
The jury began deliberating just after Noon Thursday and wrapped up around 3:00 p.m. During their discussion they asked to look at video evidence a second time.
Closing arguments were given Thursday morning. The prosecution spent their time using Moody’s words against him. They reminded jurors that a witness testified that Moody said, “I’d do it again” and that during a police interview Moody said “I shot her cold like a friggin’ retard.”
The defense painted a different picture saying that Moody’s expressions as depicted by the prosecution were not accurate. The State claims that witnesses say Moody was unemotional after the shooting until the victim’s car crashed and then he smiled.
Moody is charged with first degree murder in the March 2013 shooting of Megan Pettis. Moody’s defense claimed the killing was not premeditated and that he intended to kill himself in front of Pettis.
The State Attorney's Office says this case did not meet the statutory requirements for the death penalty to be sought.