Suspect Found Dead In Rowan County Homicide

Montannez Antonio Moody

Montannez Antonio Moody

ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. – Deputies in Rowan County say a man who broke into a home Saturday night and shot two people has been found dead in Guilford County.

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call around 9:50 p.m. They say Montannez Moody came to Richfield Road, broke a window on a door into the residence, and opened fire. They say Moody later Fled the scene.

A 54-year-old woman and 17-year-old girl were shot during the home invasion. Rowan County EMS transported both victims to a hospital for treatment. The 54-year-old woman, Bernice Merriman,  is expected to survive, but the 17-year-old, identified as Jennifer Merriman, died from gunshot wounds.

Jennifer Merriman was sister of Julia Moody, the estranged wife of the suspect.

Bernice Merriman is Julia Moody’s aunt.

The initial dispatch indicated that a woman had been kidnapped from the residence during the shooting. Deputies located the kidnapped female and found she was not harmed. ​

Investigators say this incident resulted from an ongoing domestic between an estranged husband and wife. Julia Moody had taken out a domestic violence order against 33 year old Montannez Moody on August 28, 2014. Their court date regarding the domestic violence order was scheduled for Monday, September 8, 2014.

Investigators from the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office had warrants out for Montannez Moody on first degree murder, attempted murder, first degree burglary, and violation of a domestic violence.

Deputies learned that Moody was involved in several criminal incidents in Guilford County after the home invasion in Rowan.  Investigators say they believe Moody had used a large quantity of cocaine.

Investigators then learned that Moody may have been in Edgecombe County, hiding in a wooded area. The area was searched and Moody was found face down in a swamp.

Deputies say the cause of death was likely a drug overdose.

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