Witness: Manslaughter victim was beating her when suspect shot him


Stevie Moody

Stevie Moody



Dispatch Staff Report



According to Lowndes County Sheriff's Office records, a Columbus man arrested for manslaughter over the weekend shot the victim while the victim was beating a woman. 


Stevie Moody, 26, has been charged in the Saturday shooting death of Tymechi-Ali Lachil Spann, also 26. 


Authorities responded to a car crash at about 7:15 a.m. Saturday near Greentree Apartments in East Columbus where they found the driver of one of the vehicles, Spann, suffering from a gunshot wound. Spann was taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle where he died during surgery. 


At about the same time as the crash, LCSO deputies responded to a domestic violence call at Greentree Apartments, which authorities now say was related to the car accident. They arrested Moody for manslaughter. 


Authorities did not release more details of the shooting over the weekend, but The Dispatch obtained a copy of the incident report from LCSO Monday morning. 


According to the incident report, when deputies responded to the domestic call at Greentree Apartments, a woman living there told them Moody shot Spann while Spann was beating and choking her. 


The woman told deputies that at about 6:45 a.m. Saturday, she and Moody were in her apartment when she heard a banging on her door like someone was trying to get in. She put a chair in front of the door to keep the person out, she told investigators, and Spann forced the door open and wouldn't leave even when she tried to push him back outside. At the time, the woman was holding her 10-month-old baby. 


She said Spann then saw Moody and tried to fight him, according to the incident report. When the woman got between the two, Spann grabbed her hair and began to hit her in the face, she told investigators. She said Spann then choked her and she started to black out.  


The woman said she couldn't fight back because she was holding her baby, though she added she thinks she dropped the baby while she was going in and out of consciousness. She said the baby "fell and hit hard on the ground," according to the incident report.  


She told investigators she heard Moody telling Spann to stop and then heard a gunshot. She said Spann then left the apartment.  


LCSO Chief Deputy Marc Miley and Capt. Greg Wright did not respond to calls from The Dispatch by press time. 


Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant told The Dispatch Saturday that it appeared Spann left the apartment in his own vehicle, drove a few hundred feet and collided with a pickup which then collided with a third vehicle, causing the accident. He said he did not have any indication anyone in either of the other vehicles were seriously injured. 


Spann and the woman he allegedly attacked share a child together. 


According to the incident report, the woman told investigators Spann had entered her apartment once before when Moody was there, and become violent with her. She said that time, he stole the keys to her apartment. 


Moody is in custody at Lowndes County Adult Detention Center on $25,000 bond.  


Dispatch reporter Mary Pollitz contributed to this report.




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