Verdict Reached in Case of Woman Found Under Motel Bed

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By Daphne R

The verdict is in on the case of the man who killed his girlfriend and stuffed her body into the bed frame in a Memphis motel. LaKeith Moody, 38, was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole in the murder of 28 year old Sony Millbrook on Sunday in a Memphis courtroom.

The incident occurred in January 2010 when Moody strangled Millbrook and hid her lifeless body inside a mattress bed frame at the Budget Lodge on East Brooks Road in Memphis, Tennessee.

It took six weeks before her body was discovered there. During that time, the motel had actually booked the room to several guests who had stayed in the room. After Millbrook had been missing six weeks, and guests kept complaining about a room odor, housekeeping staff finally identified the origin of the odor. They found Millbrook’s dead body stuffed inside the frame of a king size bed. Investigators had never checked the room.

Moody had been arrested before the woman’s body was found and had been held as a person of interest in her disappearance. When arrested, he was driving around in Millbrook’s car. He was also the father of four of her five children.

During the trial, it was determined that the couple had a “tumultuous relationship” and a history of domestic violence. Prosecutors pointed out she had been choked unconscious by Moody before.

Prosecution accused Moody of choking Millbrook with red, yellow and white tv cables and phone cords which he wrapped around her neck and the cause of death was cited as asphyxiation.

It took the jury only an hour and a half of deliberation to return with the guilty verdict on Sunday.

Four of her children, which ranged in age from 5 months to 14 year at the time of her death, now live with their aunt, Linda James, and her family. James said they were determined to keep the kids together.

With this guilty conviction it appears that the family has received the justice they sought. However, the family will forever be impacted by the loss of Millbrook, especially her children.



 Daphne R is an experienced marketing and communications professional that provides social commentary, self-help, tips, and reports news of events that matter to African Americans.