Tips lead to murder arrest - Philadelphia News

July 24, 2008 8:45:11 PM PDT
Earlier this week on Action News at 11, a family pleaded for help, in solving the murder of a local landscaper. He was a father of seven. A thief took his life. In a dastardly twist, the criminal went on to steal his identity, too. Then, police released surveillance video. And now, they have made an arrest. 19-year old Billy Langley was captured late Thursday in the 6100 block of Yocum Street where he was hiding out.

Police were flooded with tips from people who were outraged over the murder of hard-working father of seven Corey Moody. The 38-year old landscaper was brutally beaten with a brick near 48th and Market shortly after leaving work last Friday.

An hour and a half later, police say Langley was captured on surveillance video taking two kids on a shopping spree at a store four blocks away. Using a credit card stolen from Moody, police say he spent nearly $600 on jewelry and clothing. Police say the video shows Langley admiring himself in the mirror wearing a long fake diamond chain and oversized wristwatch he bought with Moody's card.

"It showed not only the sickness to not only do this but then to go and admire your work--the objects that you stole from this person and I think that's what outraged the community," said Philadelphia police Capt. James Clark.

Corey's mother Josette Murray and other relatives arrived at police headquarters Thursday night to get the details on the arrest.

"I'm just happy that it's over with, halfway over with," said the victim's aunt Brenda Boyd.

"It doesn't bring closure, but it helps along with the process to know he's been caught before my brother being buried," said sister Tammy Jones.

Moody's funeral is set for Friday morning in South Philadelphia.

Langley, who has prior arrests, is facing charges of murder, robbery, and related offenses.

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