April 24, 2014 According to the State Attorney’s Office:
Joseph Gregory Moody was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison Thursday for the shooting death of 24-year-old Megan Pettis. Assistant State Attorney Bob Sombathy showed jurors during the four-day trial that Moody, 41, ambushed Pettis, his ex-girlfriend, as she was trying to leave a parking lot at 650 W. 23rd St. Moody shot once with a .45 caliber handgun into the front windshield of Pettis’ car, then ran alongside the car firing through the driver’s side window. He fired nine bullets and Pettis was hit five times, twice in the leg and three times in the head. She was pronounced dead the next day. Moody, 41, of 5538 Whitfield Road, was found guilty as charged of first-degree premeditated murder. Circuit Judge Michael Overstreet then sentenced Moody to the mandatory penalty of life in prison.