By CHRIS MENEES
A former Union City pastor charged in an alleged plot to kill his wife was released on bond Thursday night about an hour after turning himself in.
Edward Paul “Eddie” Mallonee, 54, of Union City was arrested on a capias charging him with 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.
Mallonee pastored Second Baptist Church in Union City from August 1997 until his resignation this past February.
Also indicted in the case was 40-year-old Shelley Shannon Moran of Franklin, formerly of Union City, who was part of the church’s congregation while Mallonee was pastor. She was indicted on charges of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and three counts of attempt to commit first-degree murder.
They were both indicted Monday by the Obion County grand jury and surrendered themselves on capiases for their arrests. They are set to be arraigned Monday morning in Obion County Circuit Court.
Authorities said Mallonee surrendered himself for booking at 9:50 p.m. Thursday at the Obion County Law Enforcement Complex and was released at 10:55 p.m. on a $10,000 bond.
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 Mallonee had already been set prior to his arrest Thursday night.
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.
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, according to authorities. Her charges listed in the indictment are all Class A felonies.
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 six-count 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.
The indictment against Mallonee and Ms. Moran was among several handed down Monday by the grand jury during its June term (See related story, Page 1).
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published in The Messenger 6.7.13