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Olivia Moody: A Bullying Case Of Self Defense or Murder?

Olivia Moody has always been an exemplary student and individual and from an early age she understood that education was the key to success. She was entering her last year at University of Arkansas Pine Bluff as a Criminal Justice Major. Her list of achievements demonstrates the high regard she has for education. Unbeknownst to her family, Olivia was bullied for quite some time by the same group of girls, yet she persevered and continued to maintain her honor roll status, a part-time retail job, and an internship with Judge Berlin Jones.

One faithful night in June of 2011 the night in which she took the life of Vanessa Bearden in front of a crowd of onlookers in a Pine Bluff apartment complex. According to Olivias account she was fed up with being bullied and bothered by Bearden (An associate of her ex boyfriends new mate) and purchased a gun for self defense. The night of June 11th Bearden and some friends had attacked Moody and followed her home; After the attack Moody confronted the girls and pulled out a 9mm pistol that she had gotten from a friend for protection. Moody fired a single shot at the group hitting Bearden in the shoulder; Bearden later died from the single gunshot wound.

After being arrested Olivia Moody’s family and friends raised 10k for her defense and to help Moody finish school (She graduated in May with a 3.6 GPA and a degree in Criminal Justice). Moody was sentenced a week after her graduation to 30 Years in a Arkansas prison where he daily routine is picking Okra and other random vegetables no different then the cotton her grandmother had picked years ago.

Do you think that this is a case of self defense or a premeditated murder?



108 Comments Olivia Moody: A Bullying Case Of Self Defense or Murder?

  1. ms moody go free

    I be started following this story last week in English class and from what I’ve read and seen ms moody is a victim of self defense and it is sad that she had to take matters in her own hands but it happened I feel for the kids that lost there mother but it was décision to fight someone else is battle moody has to own up to God and no one else see we get justice one day maybe may the Nessa soul rest in peacewill you live by the gun die by the way she does she was hard I want to find someone else no she’s gone does there for her olivia is all alone at this moment see you soon shine again said that great comeback you’ll see her and she’ll be out be out soon

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  2. felicia perry-ridddick

    Has there been a follow up with this case? How can I get a copy of court transcript.

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    1. BostonLaw

      Olivia lost her appeal and her 30 year conviction upheld. The appeal is written in her words and don’t contain all facts based on witness testimony and facts in the case. This was agreed on by the court and her appeal for a lesser sentence was denied. She made a decision that day that has a consequence of her having to complete a long sentence. You can’t take back a decision to pick up an illegal weapon and fired recklessly into a crowd. Her excuse is bullying but she was fighting over a boy. She lied on the stand and said she was not and was proven as dishonest when several Facebook messages proved it was mutual aggression between her and another girl dating/previously dating the same boy. The court didn’t buy the story she was trying to sell on her appeal and the public should not either. Lots of adults and teens make horrible choices that land them in prison and they have to live with the consequences…..good, bad, jail, or death. Olivia will get out and hopefully not a day over 30 years and she will live her life as an mature woman. Vanessa is in the ground and will never see or touch her children again. Olivia seems to have won already in my opinion. She needs to except and repent and stop using the bullying bull as an excuse so that she can go home. Do your time and hopefully live with a clear mind and heart once it is over.

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