Medical examiners confirmed that the body parts belonged to 35-year-old Charlie Ray, a friend of Chad Moretz, 34, who was killed by a SWAT sniper during a standoff with police on January 11. Moretz was shot dead after coming out of his house carrying an assault rifle.
Ray’s head and hands were found in a hole hidden by a kitchen cabinet. The rest of his body was found in a storage locker in Jasper, South Carolina, about 30 minutes away from Moretz’s home. The body had been cut into pieces with a chainsaw and wrapped in bags. Police charged Moretz’s wife, Kimberly, and brother-in-law, Kevin Lambert, with helping him hide the body.
The standoff began when Lambert answered the door and told police, “Chad’s in here, he’s got a rifle, he’s going to kill y’all”
Moretz’s father is scheduled to go on trial in April for allegedly shooting and killing his mother, Christine, in July 2011 after following her to a hospital. Almost three weeks later, Moretz was put in jail for allegedly chasing his sister with a machete. Over the past 18 months, he has also been accused of stabbing a dog with a pocket knife and for threatening to kill another man and his family after being refused a ride.
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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