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Coach, wife charged in assault case

By Jason A. Smith

jsmith@henryherald.com

A local high school football coach was being held on $75,000 bond, Monday, in the Henry County Jail, for allegedly pulling a gun on a man in front of the man's children.

Ray Anthony Moran, 52, of Locust Grove, is charged with aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and cruelty to children in the third degree. His wife, 41-year-old Kimberly Moran, is charged with the same alleged offenses, according to jail records.

She is expected to appear in Henry County Magistrate Court today.

Ray Moran, a coach at Eagle's Landing High School, appeared in Magistrate Court Monday. Judge Wesley Shannon reset a preliminary hearing in the case for May 10, to enable him to hire an attorney.

The alleged incident reportedly occurred shortly before 10 p.m., Saturday, at a home on Polo Lane in Locust Grove, according to Locust Grove Police Chief Jesse Patton. He said Ray Moran reportedly walked into the garage at the home.

The resident "got up to see who it was, and saw [Ray] Moran standing in the living room," Patton said.

Locust Grove Police Sgt. Todd DeMuth said Ray Moran allegedly went into the house and pulled a gun on the resident.

"The two men had an altercation and went out to the garage, where Moran's wife pulled a weapon on the victim and told him to let Mr. Moran go," DeMuth said. "The couple left, and the victim came inside and called police."

DeMuth said the confrontation stemmed from a prior relationship reportedly between Kimberly Moran and the alleged victim.

A Locust Grove Police report of the incident states that when authorities arrived at the scene, an officer found a gun, which was full of ammunition, on a counter in the laundry room of the home.

Connie Rutherford, a spokesperson for the Henry County school system, said the matter was "under investigation."

Ray Moran is an assistant head football coach at Eagle's Landing High School, as well as a strength and conditioning coach, according to the school's web site. He is a former assistant football coach and a former head strength and conditioning coordinator at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Iowa, the site states.

He came to Henry County in 2001, coaching at Henry County High School before going to Eagle's Landing High School.