A former football coach at Armstrong High School in Richmond was found guilty Wednesday by a Henrico County judge in an assault that occurred just months after he was named coach at his alma mater, Meadowbrook High School in Chesterfield County.
Kedrick D. Moody, 37, of the 4200 block of Sprenkle Lane entered an Alford plea for maliciously wounding a man who was seeing a woman Moody had dated. In an Alford plea, the defendant does not admit guilt, but acknowledges that prosecutors have enough evidence to convict.
The encounter between Moody, his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend was caught by a surveillance camera at the Econo Lodge Motel, where the couple had gotten a room for the night of March 28, 2015. The video was played in court Wednesday.
It showed a man who Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Ashley Thompson identified as Moody “lying in wait” between two cars. On the upper floor of the motel, a different man and woman exited a room and made their way down a set of cement stairs when Moody approached.
Thompson summarized the altercation detailing the injuries to the man who was attacked: he received stitches on three places on his face and staples to close a gash to the back of his head. He still has to undergo oral surgery to repair a broken tooth and fractured upper jaw.
“You can see at the end of the video, the victim is crawling up the stairs seeking safety,” Thompson said. “He leaves quite a blood trail.”
James Bullard Jr., Moody’s defense attorney, said the man provoked Moody, who lost control.
“There was, in fact, heat of passion,” Bullard said.
Moody didn’t speak openly during the hearing, only answering yes or no questions from Judge Lee Harris. Harris found Moody guilty, saying he faces up to 20 years in prison. Two misdemeanor assault charges were dropped.
A sentencing hearing was set for April 22.
Moody was named the football coach at Meadowbrook in January 2015, but was dismissed after his arrest almost three months later before officially becoming an employee of Chesterfield County schools.