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Family of murdered teens tormented while waiting for trial

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Death row inmate Jeremy Moody Death row inmate Jeremy Moody
ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -

Dell Mattox and his family created a memorial at the entrance of a wooded trail in their College Park neighborhood where his son and niece were found murdered.

"On April 5, 2007, our kids went missing. They didn't come home from the store," said Mattox.

The next day, the bodies of Dell Mattox Jr., 15, and his 13-year-old cousin, Sierra Kimble, were found. They were stabbed to death with a screwdriver, and Sierra was raped.

"I just think about them not being able to get out of these woods alive, to struggle and the suffering that took place that day is heartbreaking," said Mattox.

For six years, Mattox and his family patiently waited for justice. They waited for Jeremy Moody, 35, to be tried and sentenced.

"Six years of waiting - going back and forth to court over a time period and watching Moody do things in jail," said Mattox.

Jail officials said Moody set himself and his jail cell on fire, had access to a cell phone and even set up a profile on a dating website for inmates.

Mattox said he was disgusted every time he heard about Moody's antics, but justice was finally served after Moody entered a guilty plea and a jury sentenced him to death.

Mattox said the torment he and his family suffered is over.

"After six years, we finally got the justice we were seeking," said Mattox.

Mattox and his family are not the only ones happy to have Moody out of their lives.

Col. Mark Adger, Fulton County's chief jailer, said Moody caused more problems than any other inmate the jail has housed.

"He definitely was a bad house guest who stayed well beyond his welcome. I am totally glad that he is gone," said Adger.

Moody was housed in the jail's maximum security unit. The county had to build a special, stainless steel cell to hold him.

"We put him in a regular cell that has cinder blocks walls, he would find a way to knock holes or tamper with equipment to make contraband weapons," said Adger.

"He would also jeopardize the staff by throwing objects at them, by throwing bodily fluids at them and try to intimidate them by yelling and screaming uncontrollably at them," said Adger.

Adger said housing Moody at the jail for six years cost tax payers approximately $500,000.

Moody is now on death row at a state facility in Butts County.

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