COLUMBUS, Miss. — A man recently shot to death in north Mississippi was the alleged victim in a separate assault case.
Charles Moody Jr., 23, of Columbus, died Sept. 19 from multiple gunshot wounds.
The Commercial Dispatch reported (http://bit.ly/2d3Pkgp ) it had obtained copies of an indictment showing Moody as the alleged victim of a November 2013 attack. A Lowndes County grand jury indicted Johnny Bonner, also known as “Johnny Kuckles,” in the assault case.
Court documents said Bonner allegedly slammed Moody to the ground and broke his neck. Bonner was charged with aggravated assault. The trial has been postponed multiple times.
Authorities say Bonner was in the Lowndes County jail when Moody was killed. However, Moody’s father, Charles Moody Sr., told The Dispatch that he believes his son’s death is connected to the assault case.
“I think it was retaliation, but that’s just speculation on my part,” Moody Sr. said. “I’ve just been relaxing and letting the police do their thing investigating it.”
Columbus Police Department Capt. Brent Swan said it would be premature to speculate on suspects in Moody’s slaying. District Attorney Scott Colom would not discuss whether Moody had been a victim in a pending felony case.
Bonner has been in custody since March, when police charged him with five counts of aggravated assault, one count of possession of a weapon by a felon and possession of a stolen firearm from a reported shooting, according to previous reports in The Dispatch. There were no injuries in that incident.
Bonner was transferred from the Mississippi Department of Corrections back to the Lowndes County jail Aug. 5, said Karen Stanford, an administrative assistant at the jail.
Information from: The Commercial Dispatch, http://www.cdispatch.com