Woman accused of concealing man's murder released from jail
EFFINGHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -
Kimberly Moretz bonded out of the Effingham County Jail early Wednesday morning.
Her friend from Florida, who is also a bondsman, was there and took her away in an SUV.
According to the friend, they would be spending the night in a Rincon hotel before taking Moretz to a shelter for abused women.
Kimberly Moretz and her brother Kevin Lambert are charged with concealing the death of 35-year-old Charlie Ray. He had been missing since the beginning of January.
Kimberly Moretz and Lambert were each granted $25,000 bond.
Ray is believed to have been slain in the kitchen of a Whitehall Avenue home in Rincon before being dismembered with a saw, according to the Effingham County Sheriff's Office.
Detectives found several knives and a saw inside the home. Authorities said they believe Chad Moretz is responsible for the killing and that he tried to clean the blood left in the kitchen, according to the ECSO.
Authorities were led to the house after learning Ray was an acquaintance of Chad Moretz.
Authorities said that on Friday afternoon, Moretz grabbed an AR15 rifle and took his wife hostage. He also had a .357 handgun in his waistband at the time.
Moretz was fatally shot when he came onto the porch with a gun during the standoff.
Ray's remains were discovered inside the home when the standoff ended.
A majority of his remains were found in a storage unit in Jasper County, SC, which was rented by Moretz's wife a week earlier, according to the Sheriff's Office.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation conducted an autopsy on Ray's body parts found in Effingham County. The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division in Charleston conducted an autopsy on most of the body parts, which were discovered in the Hardeville storage unit.
Investigators are still looking into a motive.
Ray and Moretz had been friends for years. Authorities said that Moretz had an extensive criminal history and a history of domestic violence.