A written statement from the murder suspect’s own son served as a crucial piece of evidence Tuesday as prosecutors made their case against Marty Lynn Judd, 51.
Judd is accused of killing Rebecca Mooneyham, 46, as she slept in her living room more than 10 years ago. The case went without an arrest for more than a decade before Judd was charged with criminal homicide this October.
Judge Bill Locke ruled during Tuesday’s preliminary hearing there is enough evidence to send Judd’s case to the grand jury, the next step in the process.
Defense attorney Daniel Barnes argued that Judd’s bond, which is just over $2 million, should be reduced. Judge Locke disagreed and kept it unchanged.
“Based on what I’ve heard today, this sounds premeditated where he walked up and shot,” said Locke. “Based on the number of guns he has in his home, he is a danger to the community so I’m leaving it unchanged.”
A key piece of evidence in binding the case to the grand jury was a written statement from the defendant’s own son, Dennis Judd. Dennis reportedly gave a written statement to investigators on Oct. 17, 2019 that he was driving home from Bledsoe Correction Facility five years earlier. That’s when his father reportedly confessed to taking cover in bushes in front of a house on Lawson Mill Road and shooting a female one time through a window.
Both Dennis and Marty worked at Bledsoe Correction Facility and Dennis had been fired the day his father reportedly confessed.
In looking to mitigate the statement, Barnes asked Dennis if he felt pressured by investigators, especially since the interview was taking place at the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department.
“I felt like I wouldn’t be able to go home that night,” said Dennis. “I felt like they might violate me,” he added, saying he was on probation at the time.
As to why his father might have been angry enough to shoot a neighbor while she slept in her living room, the statement only specified, “the whole theft thing.”
Chief Deputy Bo Ramsey testified one shot entered through a large window in front of the home. He testified the victim was sleeping in a recliner and the angle of the bullet where it entered the furniture suggested it was fired from the front of the home, not the road.
Ramsey also testified a TBI analysis of a bullet fragment found at the scene indicated the gun used was a Russian rifle, a Mosin Nagant.
District Attorney’s Office investigator Jackie Matheny Jr. testified that he obtained a search warrant for Marty Judd’s home based on the written statement from his son. Matheny said there was a very large quantity of rifles and handguns on Judd’s property, including eight Mosin Nagants and a fully automatic Colt AR-15, which is prohibited.
“In my 20 years in law enforcement, I’ve never come in contact with such a gun,” said Matheny about the Mosin Nagant. “I’ve not seen one. It’s rare to me.”
Judd remains in custody at Warren County Jail under a $2.075 million bond.