Eyewitness in court describes scene following fatal crash

by: Dave Faherty Updated:


BURKE COUNTY, N.C. - Amie Jo Skeens looked much different Wednesday than the night of her arrest nearly a year ago in Burke County.  

Brent Moody and his son, Kevin, were riding a motorcycle when the N.C. Highway Patrol says Skeens, driving a minivan, crossed the centerline while under the influence, killing father and son.  

"As I approached the curve I saw a minivan on the wrong side of the road coming at me," said eyewitness Richard Neville-Dove.

Neville-Dove was on his way home when he saw the aftermath of the crash.

In court Wednesday, he identified Skeens as the driver of the minivan and told the jury he turned around as she drove away from the scene following her along Airport-Rhodiss Road near Long View. 

"I went after the van thinking, ‘This is an accident.   Someone could be hurt.’    It was a reaction I had to turn around and follow it,” Neville-Dove said.

Several family members and friends of the Moody's listened to the testimony. Skeens could face a lengthy prison sentence if she is convicted of two counts of second degree murder.  Bret Cole and his son were with the Moody's the night they died.  He hopes the jury finds her guilty.  

"She definitely needs to pay for the crime she committed   And she needs time in jail or prison to get her life straight and hopefully find God," said Bret Cole, a friend of the Moodys.

Brent Moody's wife was also in court.  Eyewitness News heard she may be the last witness to take the stand for prosecutors and that could happen as early as Thursday.