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Preacher indicted for alleged plot to kill wife

Preacher indicted for alleged plot to kill wife
Preacher indicted for alleged plot to kill wife | Preacher indicted for alleged plot to kill wife
By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter
A former Union City pastor and a woman who was part of his congregation have been indicted on charges stemming from an alleged plot to kill the preacher’s wife.
Edward Paul “Eddie” Mallonee, 54, of Union City and Shelley Shannon Moran, 40, of Franklin, formerly of Union City, were indicted Monday by the Obion County grand jury.
They were both indicted on charges of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and attempt to commit first-degree murder, according to a copy of the indictment obtained by The Messenger this morning.
In addition, Ms. Moran was indicted for two more counts of attempt to commit first-degree murder, and Mallonee was indicted for facilitation of attempt to commit first-degree mur-der and reckless endanger-ment.
Mallonee pastored Sec-ond Baptist Church in Union City from August 1997 until his resignation this past February. A graduate of Union University in Jackson and New Orleans Baptist Theological Sem-inary, he came to Union City after having pastored a Brownsville church for a decade.
The charges against Mallonee and Ms. Moran stem from an investigation the Union City Police Department had been con-ducting for the past several months. Evidence in the case was presented to the grand jury Monday when it convened for its June term.
The indictment claims Mallonee and Ms. Moran entered into an agreement with one another between Jan. 1, 2011, and Feb. 28, 2013, with the alleged intent to murder Mallonee’s wife, Cathy (Ervin) Mallonee.
The plan allegedly involved obtaining poison with which to kill Mallonee’s wife, transport-ing the poison to Honduras and attempting to administer the poison to Mrs. Mallonee in her drink, according to the indictment.
Second Baptist Church has been actively involved in mission work in the Central American country of Honduras for the past several years.
In addition, the indict-ment claims that in or around January 2012 that Ms. Moran obtained poison, transported it to Honduras and delivered it to Mallonee with the alleged intention that Mrs. Mallonee consume it.
The plan never came to fruition, though, and Mrs. Mallonee was not harmed.
Union City Police Chief Perry Barfield said Mallonee and Ms. Moran have been notified there are capiases for their arrests on the charges. Mallonee, who is currently in Indiana on business, is scheduled to surrender himself Friday, while Ms. Moran was slated to surrender herself to police today for booking on the charges.
They should both be arraigned 9 a.m. next Mon-day in Obion County Circuit Court with other suspects indicted by the June term of the grand jury.
A complete list of indictments handed down during Monday’s grand jury session will be released to The Messenger later this week.
Published in The Messenger 6.4.13

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