By CHRIS MENEES
The woman charged in an alleged plot to kill a Union City preacher’s wife was released on bond Tuesday within an hour after turning herself in.
Shelley Shannon Moran, 40, of Franklin, formerly of Union City, was arrested on a capias charging her with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and three counts of attempt to commit first-degree murder.
Also indicted in the case was Edward Paul “Eddie” Mallonee, 54, of Union City, who formerly pastored Second Baptist Church in Union City during a time when Ms. Moran was also part of the congregation.
Mallonee was indicted for conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and attempt to commit first-degree murder, as well as charges of facilitation of attempt to commit first-degree murder and reckless endangerment.
They were both indicted Monday by the Obion County grand jury and were expected to surrender themselves on capiases for their arrests. They are set to be arraigned Monday morning in Obion County Circuit Court.
Authorities said Ms. Moran surrendered herself for booking at 10:59 a.m. Tuesday at the Obion County Law Enforcement Complex and was released at 11:55 a.m. after posting a $10,000 bond through a bondsman.
In grand jury cases, the bond is typically set by the Circuit Court judge after the grand jury returns a true bill for an indictment. Therefore, the relatively low $10,000 bond for Ms. Moran — whose charges are all Class A felonies — had already been set prior to her arrest Tuesday.
Union City Police Chief Perry Barfield said Mallonee is expected to turn himself in Friday after returning from job training he is attending this week in Indiana.
Mallonee’s bond is also set at $10,000 in the capias for his arrest. The conspiracy and attempt to commit first-degree murder charges pending against him are both Class A felonies, while the facilitation charge is a Class B felony and the reckless endangerment charge is a Class E felony, according to the indictment.
The charges against Mallonee and Ms. Moran stem from an investigation the Union City Police Department had been conducting the past several months into an alleged plot to murder Mallonee’s wife, Cathy (Ervin) Mallonee, during the course of 2011 and 2012.
The indictment claims Mallonee and Ms. Moran entered into an agreement with one another with the alleged intent to murder Mrs. Mallonee.
The plan allegedly involved obtaining poison with which to kill Mallonee’s wife, transporting 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 and mission trips in Honduras in Central America for the past several years.
The plan never came to fruition, though, and Mrs. Mallonee was not harmed.
Mallonee pastored Second Baptist Church in Union City from August 1997 until his resignation this past February. He came to Union City after having pastored a Brownsville church for a decade.
The indictment against Mallonee and Ms. Moran was among several handed down Monday by the grand jury during its June term.
A complete list of grand jury indictments will likely be released to The Messenger later today or early Thursday by the Circuit Court clerk’s office. It will be published later this week.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by email at cmenees @ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 6.5.13