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Moretz returned to Effingham, will remain in jail
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Kimberly Moretz

Bond has been revoked for an Effingham County woman accused of covering up a gruesome murder committed by her husband.

Kimberly Moretz violated her bond by fleeing Effingham last month. She was arrested Aug. 29 in Naples, Fla., on a bench warrant.

Effingham County Sheriff’s Office investigators returned Moretz to the county Friday night and her bond was revoked in a court appearance on Monday, according to ECSO spokesman Detective David Ehsanipoor.

Moretz will be held in the Effingham County Jail until her trial, Ehsanipoor said. She is charged with tampering with evidence and concealing the death of Charlie Ray of Wilmington Island in January.

ECSO investigators believe her husband, Chad Moretz, brutally killed Ray, who had Tourette’s syndrome. Ray’s body was dismembered, with some parts of his body hidden inside the Moretzes’ house and other parts concealed in a storage unit in Jasper County, S.C.

A standoff ensued on Jan. 11 after officers went to the house on Whitehall Avenue to ask if the couple knew about Ray’s whereabouts. Chad Moretz held his wife hostage for several hours before she managed to escape.

A Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department SWAT team sniper shot and killed Chad Moretz after he brandished an automatic weapon toward law enforcement officers.

According to investigators, Kimberly Moretz rented the storage unit and knew what was going to be placed inside.

She was released from Effingham County Jail on Jan. 30 on $25,000 bond, and pled not guilty at her arraignment in April.