Residents of Sheridan believe there's more to Austin Moody murder case

New info brought to light in Sheridan murder

SHERIDAN, Ark. (KTHV) - On Tuesday, the city of Sheridan got some answers in the death of 17-year-old Austin Moody, who police say was shot and killed in his driveway.      

45-year-old Rusty Draper faces capital murder charges in the case. According to an affidavit, Draper's son used to date Moody's girlfriend. 

Moody told his parents Draper had been stalking him and his mother told police about a suspicious incident where Austin's tires were slashed and similar incidents with his girlfriend's mother and brother.

There were also several homemade spikes found near Moody's neighborhood and police say they found materials to make spikes in Draper's house.

Reports also indicated that Draper was on scene of all three flat tire incidents, but disappeared when he learned help was on the way. DNA on the gun found on scene matched Draper's DNA.

We talked to the people of Sheridan and they say they're happy they have some closure, but they still think there's more to it.

Mary Culpepper thinks they've haven't gotten to the bottom of the case just yet.

"I think there's more out there to know, I don't know if they'll ever find it, but I do think there's more to know,” she said.

And Brett Parnell feels the same way. 

“I think there's more motive to it than just him stalking," Parnell theorized. "I think that'll surface once everything happens.”

Regardless of that, they say they're just glad to have some answers for the town and the family.

Parnell worked at Sonic where Moody worked and saw one layer of the case unfold before his very eyes.

"I saw how it affected his crew team and how it affected my boss and it's just good to see people coming down to the end of it,” he said.

Christen Mooney believes the closure is good to have, but said it's not the end of the story.

“I know everybody's wondering and I guess we'll always wonder [about] the other person, if there is another person involved, one day it will come back and haunt them,” Mooney said.

Draper is scheduled to appear in court for arraignment on March 14th.

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