By Clint Confehr
Senior Staff Writer
An admitted gang member - one of two local men charged in the Ronald Shelton murder - was the trigger man in the 19-month-old shooting death, police statements and public records show.
Sharod Winford Moore, 29, whose address is listed as an apartment at 200 Tiger Blvd., "did unlawfully kill ... Shelton by shooting Shelton multiple times," Lewisburg Police Detective James Johnson wrote in Moore's arrest warrant.
Meanwhile, Moore's alleged accomplice, Jason Clay McCollum, 28, of an apartment at 724 Woodlawn Ave., "did admit to acting with ... Moore" to kill Shelton, according to Johnson's statement in McCollum's arrest warrant.
Records show both Moore and McCollum are charged with conspiracy. McCollum is charged with criminal responsibility for Shelton's death. Moore is charged with criminal homicide.
"The two we arrested are members of Vice Lords," Lewisburg Police Detective Sgt. David Henley said Friday. "They are admitted Vice Lords." Nearly six months ago, two other Vice Lords were identified by Marshall County Sheriff Norman Dalton, who named jail inmates Wayne "June-B" Hampton Jr., 45, Lewisburg, and Jikinte Lashane "Kinte" Morris, 33, Nashville. They were indicted by a federal grand jury in Nashville on drug charges.
The Vice Lords, a Chicago gang that started in the 1950s, have been reported in large cities including Memphis. Internet sites report that a five-pointed star and a rabbit are among their symbols.
As for the motive for killing Shelton, Henley said, "It appears to be in retaliation for an incident that happened earlier in the day."
Shelton, 58, was shot three times on Jan. 29, 2011, police said at the time.
Meanwhile, Shelbyville-based defense attorney Robert Marlow said he had been appointed to represent Moore at a hearing on Tuesday.
That hearing probably won't include many decisions because of a parole violation issue, Marlow said.
Moore's alleged accomplice, McCollum, is married to Heather Renee McCollum, 22, who's charged in the stabbing death of John Homer Poteete. Her attorney is Bill Haywood.
"We represent him (McCollum) on a probation violation, but there may be some motions," Public Defender Donna Hargrove said. "There's a possibility that Judge Bowles will appoint us. It's very convoluted. There are a lot of players in this situation ...
"We have to" avoid conflicts of interest, Hargrove said. "As of right now, we have not been appointed."
The elected public defender "expected it to play out in court" on Tuesday.