2011-10-05 / For The Record

Two of ‘most wanted’ arrested in Midville

By Elizabeth Billips lizbillips@yahoo.com

William Albert Moody Jr. William Albert Moody Jr. Two men on Burke County’s most wanted list have been jailed.

One suspect is accused of a operating a dog fighting ring and the other is charged with beating his pregnant girlfriend.

Burke County deputies had been looking for William Albert Moody Jr., 33, since October 2009 when an anonymous tip pointed them to a gruesome scene behind his Scott’s Store Road mobile home. At the time, investigators not only found a dog fighting ring littered with blood sopped rags and collars, but a decaying dog hanging from a tree by its leash. Behind the trailer were a number of mounds that appeared to be mass graves, as well as numerous bones, skulls and pit bull carcasses in various stages of decay, including one that’s face had been ripped off.

Moody’s former live-in girlfriend Sonya Michelle Walker, then 28, was arrested at the scene but Walker managed to avoid arrest until last Wednesday night when officers got word that he was at his current girlfriend’s home in Midville. According to Sgt. Dan Lowe of the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, deputies and Midville police found him hiding underneath a bed inside the Kilpatrick Street apartment.

Howard Clinton Freeman Howard Clinton Freeman Moody is charged with a dog fighting, aggravated cruelty to animals (felony), cruelty to animals (misde- meanor), theft by taking and obstructing or hindering a law enforcement officer.

The day before Moody’s arrest, Midville police detained another man deputies had been hunting.

Howard Clinton Freeman, 21, had been wanted since Sept. 6 when his girlfriend was repeatedly beaten.

Sgt. Lowe said the victim, who was three months pregnant with Freeman’s child, was bruised from “head to toe.”

Freeman was pulled over last Tuesday for a traffic violation and served with an outstanding Family Violence Act warrant for battery on a pregnant person and for probation violation.

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