Two arrested in Shelton murder

Thursday, August 23, 2012
Jason Clay McCollum

Two Lewisburg men were arrested early Thursday morning by city police; charging them in the Jan. 29, 2011 shooting death of a 58-year-old man who was living in what's known as the old Fox Motel on West Commerce Street.

Sharod Winford Moore, 29, of 212 East Berkley Circle and Jason Clay McCollum, 28, of an apartment at 724 Woodlawn Ave., are charged with homicide and conspiracy to commit homicide in the death of Ronald Shelton, 58, of 112-C 7th Ave. S.

Lewisburg Police Detective Sgt. David Henley on Thursday reported the arrests were connected to Shelton's death; a case that he's always said was still being actively pursued.

Sharod Winford Moore

While praising department detectives for their persistence in this investigation, Lewisburg Police Chief Chuck Forbis said that as a result of information developed while pursuing a recent murder the detectives were able to charge and arrest McCollum and Moore.

Almost 19 months ago on that Saturday night, Shelton was shot to death, police said at the time. Three bullets broke through his front door window, hitting him in the chest. It would appear that the shooter went to the door, knocked, or called for the victim to come to the door and then fired through the window, police said.

Moore is being held in the Bedford County Jail on a request from Lewisburg Police, according to Marshall County Sheriff Norman Dalton. Bedford County Sheriff Randall Boyce said he dispatched his night sergeant to meet Dalton, or one of his officers, at the Marshall Bedford County line. Moore was booked in Shelbyville at 4 a.m.

McCollum was booked into the Marshall County Jail at about 3 a.m. Thursday. Lewisburg Police Detective James Johnson is listed as the arresting officer.

McCollum's jail record shows he has a court date of Sept. 11, the same day his wife, Heather Renee McCollum, 22, has a hearing scheduled on arson and homicide charges in connection with the Aug. 14 death of John Homer Poteete in his Franklin Avenue home.

"We were fortunate that recent events provided some opportunities for us to develop additional information in the Ronald Shelton case that led us to those two people," Forbis said, allowing that the crucial information came during the investigation of Poteete's death.

However, Henley said, Heather Renee McCollum, 22, is not implicated in Shelton's death.

Shelton's murder investigation has been difficult.

"Information was hard to come by in this until recently," Forbis said.

"We have never stopped investigating this case," the police chief said. "Every time there was a lead, we followed up on it."

Shelton was a native of Marshall County, the son of the late Lonell and Bessie Ellis Shelton. He was a machine operator for an auto parts supplier factory in Lewisburg's Industrial Park, and was a member of the Petersburg East Side Church of Christ.