SAVANNAH, Ga. – Authorities in Georgia are trying to make sense of a brutal killing after finding dismembered body parts in the home of a man killed during a police standoff.
A SWAT team sniper shot 34-year-old Chad Moretz on Jan. 11, ending a four-hour standoff when Moretz emerged from his Effingham County home armed with an assault rifle. What investigators found afterward shocked them.
A severed human head and two hands were hidden behind a kitchen cabinet. Other body parts were found in a South Carolina storage locker. Police identified the slain man as 35-year-old Charlie Ray of Savannah.
Ray was a friend of Moretz, who had a history of family violence. Moretz's father is scheduled to stand trial in April for the 2011 slaying of his mother.