Wellsville man charged with 2019 murder of girlfriend

LISBON — A Wellsville man accused in the shooting death of his 26-year-old girlfriend while her small children were in the home has been charged with the murder more than a year after her death.

Terrance Haywood, 27, Chester Avenue, Wellsville, was served a secret indictment on Monday, charging him with several charges including murder in the death of Destiny A. Moody, who was also known as Destiny Penny, the name family used for her obituary placed in the newspaper by family memb0ers.

She left behind three sons and a daughter. Wellsville Police Chief Edward Wilson said three of her small children were upstairs at the time of the shooting and one was away. Wilson said Moody and Haywood had a relationship at the time, but there was a “spat” at the time of the shooting on Oct. 22, 2019.

Besides the unclassified felony murder charge, Haywood is charged with aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony; tampering with evidence and having weapons while under disability, both third-degree felonies. The unclassified murder charge carries a possible life prison sentence.

The indictment accuses Haywood of shooting and killing Moody after breaking into her home at 407 Main St., Wellsville, by kicking in the door. Haywood allegedly then attempted to hide the gun used in the murder and other evidence from authorities. The charges include a three-year firearms specification, for having an indictment for a drug trafficking-related offense at the time the crime was allegedly committed.

Haywood, also known as Dew, was facing two counts of possession of drugs in Common Pleas Court at the time of the shooting. He eventually was sentenced to six months in prison after pleading guilty to those to fifth-degree felony charges and credited with 72 days served as of Jan. 3, 2020.

After Haywood was released on those charges, police reportedly found him with a large amount of drugs prepared for resale on July 3. Due to that incident, Haywood is currently facing three drug trafficking charges issued by the grand jury in October. The charges are trafficking in heroin, trafficking in a fentanyl-related compound and aggravated trafficking in drugs, all three third-degree felonies, for allegedly being prepared to sell more than five grams of heroin, more than five grams of a fentanyl-related compound and more than the bulk amount of methamphetamines.

Haywood was served on Monday with the new charges involving the murder while he was in the county jail with a $500,000 cash or surety bond on the trafficking charges.

Wilson said the half-million dollar bond for Haywood came after Wellsville police learned he was making threats to harm other people in town.

At this point, Wilson said he believes Haywood may be spending the rest of his life in prison, adding the police department has a lot of strong evidence in the case and he was surprised it took more than a year for the indictment to happen.

Arraignments for indictments issued by the grand jury in November are scheduled for Dec. 10.



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