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Church issues statement: God will direct us

Church issues statement: God will direct us

By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter
Union City’s Second Baptist Church has long been a beacon in the com-munity to minister to those in need.
That ministry will con-tinue for God’s glory.
The church has drawn attention this week following the indictment of former pastor Eddie Mallonee of Union City and Shelley Shannon Moran of Franklin on charges stemming from an alleged plot to kill the preacher’s wife.
The church issued a brief statement Wednesday in response to some media requests for comment.
“Second Baptist Church is broken-hearted and grieved over this situation. We will seek God’s will and direction on how to love and minister to all of those affected. As brothers and sisters in Christ, we will continue to serve God in our community through ministry and missions for His glory,” according to the statement.
Mallonee pastored Sec-ond Baptist Church in Union City from August 1997 until his resignation this past February. The church currently has an interim pastor.
Mallonee, 54, and Ms. Moran, 40, were indicted Monday by the Obion County grand jury and capiases were issued for their arrests on felony charges.
Ms. Moran, a former Union City resident who was part of the church’s congregation while Mallonee was pastor, was indicted on charges of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and three counts of attempt to commit first-degree murder. She turned herself in Tuesday for booking at the Obion County Law Enforcement Complex and was released on a $10,000 bond.
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. He has been attending job training in Indiana this week and is expected to surrender himself Friday, according to Union City Police Chief Perry Barfield.
Mallonee’s bond is also set at $10,000 in the capias for his arrest.
They are scheduled to be arraigned Monday morning in Obion County Circuit Court.
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 six-count 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.
The indictment against them was among several handed down Monday by the grand jury during its June term. A complete list of those indictments was made available to The Messenger today and will be published in Friday’s edition.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by email at cmenees@ucmessenger.com.

Published in The Messenger 6.6.13

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