Rice Pleads Guilty To Malice Murder
a negotiated plea agreement in which he received life in prison with the possibility of parole.
Assistant District Attorney Monique Kirby asked Troup County Sheriff’s Office Captain Mike Caldwell to give the court the facts of the case. Caldwell stated that on March 22, 2015, Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the 3100 block of Hammett Road where they had located the body of Jerry Lee Folds. Folds had multiple stab wounds to his neck area.
The victim had previously been reported missing by his boyfriend in Franklin. When Deputies were asked by Franklin Police Department to perform a welfare check they arrived and located the victim’s vehicle, but it was unoccupied. Deputies continued searching for the missing subject and eventually located the 39-year-old victim, who was found in a wooded area within 50 yards of a hunting clubhouse.
Caldwell explained that Investigators were later able to identify Rice as person of interest in the murder investigation due to numerous texts on the victim’s phone. The texts spoke of Rice and Folds meeting two days earlier. During subsequent interviews with Investigators, Rice allegedly confessed to the murder of Folds. Deputies located bloody clothing belonging to the victim at Rice’s home.
Kirby stated “Judge, we also want to add that the victim in this case was cut approximately 30 times by the defendant in the neck area. There was some evidence your honor, although we couldn’t prove whether or not it was taken before or after the death, that money was probably taken from the victim in this case. The defendant went on a spending spree right after he murdered the victim.”
The victim’s partner, Chuck Moulder, asked to speak to the court. He carried a photo of Folds, he faced the gallery and presented the picture and through tears explained how his life was changed because of Rice’s actions.
Moulder spoke of the phone call from Captain Caldwell informing him of Folds’death and the stab wounds all over his body.
As Moulder spoke, Rice looked around the room, looked at the ceiling, and yawned. When Moulder asked him why he did it, he just gave a cold stare. When Moulder asked Rice if he did it because he was high, he got the same cold stare, but when he asked if he did it because he was gay, Rice smiled. Moulder told Rice he didn’t understand why he pretended to be gay. He said “You were just gay bashing.” At that point Rice began smiling. Moulder than asked Rice if he had a problem with gay people he continued to smile and nodded his head yes.
In an unrelated case Cody Lee Toney pled guilty to Aggravated Assault Family Violence Act and Violation of Probation.
Toney was charged after hitting his former girlfriend in the face over 20 times. The victim spoke on Toney’s behalf saying that they have not spoken since the night the incident occurred. She stated “Cody is a good person, he needs help. He suffers from mental illness and has been in and out of jail since he was 14 years old. She explained that prison isn’t the answer, if anything it has made things worse. “I know who Cody is, and I know who he wants to be.”
Toney was sentenced to 20 years, serve seven as recidivists. Just after Judge Allen B. Keeble gave the sentence, a young female jumped from her seat and began to scream obscenities at the victim. She was escorted from the court room as she screamed “I love you baby!” She then proceeded to punch the walls in the corridor which lead to her being escorted from the court house. Others pleading guilty were:
• Tyson Kyle Terry pled guilty to Violation of Probation for Criminal Interference with Government Property. Two years of his probation was revoked and a mental health evaluation was recommended.
• William Jamar James pled guilty to Possession of Marijuana more than one ounce and Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony. On February 21, 2013, officers performed a traffic for a tag light violation and cracked windshield. During a consented search of the vehicle officers located a bag of Marijuana and a Hand gun under the seat.
James was sentenced to five years probation and a $1,000 fine.