The Messenger 06.10.13
By CHRIS MENEES
Not guilty pleas have been entered by a former Union City pastor and a woman accused of plotting 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, made their initial court appearances for arraignment this morning in Obion County Circuit Court.
They were both indicted last Monday by an Obion County grand jury on charges related to an alleged plot to murder Mallonee’s wife, Cathy (Ervin) Mallonee, during the course of 2011 and 2012.
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-de-gree murder and reckless endangerment.
Ms. Moran was indicted on charges of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and three counts of attempt to commit first-degree mur-der.
They both turned them-selves in last week on capiases for their arrests and were each released on $10,000 bond.
Mallonee pastored Second Baptist Church in Union City from August 1997 until his resignation in February and Ms. Moran was part of the congregation during the time he was pastor.
Some church members and friends of the Mal-lonees, as well as some of Ms. Moran’s family, were in the audience in the crowded courtroom for this morning’s arraignments of those indicted by the grand jury last week. Mallonee’s wife was among those who accompanied him.
Outside the courthouse, before the proceedings began, people had posted signs which read, “The blood of Jesus forgives sins … for all who believe in Him.”
Mallonee, represented by attorney John Miles, and Ms. Moran, represented by attorney Kent Gearin, both entered not guilty pleas to the felony charges during a very brief appearance before Circuit Judge Bill Acree.
Miles told the judge Mallonee has obtained employment and is undergoing training in Indiana, explaining to the court that Mallonee would like to complete the out-of-state training. Acree consented, adding that neither Mallonee nor Ms. Moran are considered flight risks, which was the reason for the low bonds in their case.
When setting the next court appearance, the judge said the case involves “serious charges” and he said the attorneys may need some time to prepare. He scheduled a report date in the case for July 26 at 9:30 a.m. in 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 Mrs. 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.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by email at cmenees@ ucmessenger.com.