Arrested Eagle's Landing coach resigns

An Eagle's Landing assistant football coach has resigned, after he and his wife were arrested for allegedly assaulting a Locust Grove man, a school system official said Tuesday.

The resignation of Ray Anthony Moran, 52, was approved Monday, and is effective for the remainder of the 2009-10 school year, according to Connie Rutherford, a spokesperson for Henry County Schools.

Moran and his wife, 41-year-old Kimberly Kay Moran, both of Locust Grove, were released from the Henry County Jail on Monday. They are each charged with aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and cruelty to children in the third degree.

The couple appeared in Henry County Magistrate Court Monday, and Judge Robert Godwin bound their charges over to Superior Court.

Moran, and his wife had a bond-reduction hearing Monday. Prior to Monday's hearing, Ray Moran was held on $75,000 bond, and Kimberly Moran on $30,000 bond. Their bonds were reduced to $10,000 for Moran, and $5,000 for his wife, according to Ray Moran's attorney, Lee Sexton.

"It is our intent, if they are indicted, to enter a plea of not guilty and proceed to a jury trial," said Sexton. "We believe that a jury of his [Moran's] peers will find him not guilty," Sexton said.

Kimberly Moran's attorney, Eric Hearn, said the coach's wife was "trying to resolve trouble" between her husband and the victim at the time of the incident. "What we will do is wait and see how the grand jury views the evidence against her, and what sort of disposition they make with the charges," Hearn said. "That will determine what our next step is."

The alleged incident, according to Locust Grove Police, occurred April 24, shortly before 10 p.m., at a home on Polo Lane in Locust Grove. Police said Ray Moran walked into the garage at the home, and pulled a gun on the resident.

Locust Grove Police Sgt. Todd DeMuth said Kimberly Moran was watching from inside a vehicle, until a physical altercation ensued between her husband and the victim.

"When Mr. Moran and the victim went outside into the garage, they were still scuffling," said DeMuth in the initial police report on the incident. "She came out of the vehicle, pointed [a] gun at the victim and told the victim to let her husband go, and give them the other gun back. The victim said, ‘OK,' let him go, went inside, locked the door and called the police."

The incident in the house, according to police, was witnessed by the alleged victim's 10-year-old child.