By Karen Hall
Two Marshall County men were indicted this week for the murder of Ronald Shelton, who died almost two years ago at the old Fox Motel on West Commerce Street.
The grand jury, holding the first meeting of their six-month term, indicted Jason C. McCollum, 28, of Woodlawn Avenue, and Sharod W. "C-Moe" Moore, 30, of East Berkley Circle. Both were charged with first-degree murder, and McCollum was also charged with conspiracy to commit first degree murder.
The conspiracy indictment, written by District Attorney Rob Carter, describes how on the night of Jan. 29, 2011, Moore waited out of sight, armed with a handgun, while McCollum knocked on Shelton's door and asked for a cigarette. After receiving the cigarette, McCollum moved away from the door, leaving Shelton standing there, as Moore stepped into position and fired several shots. "Shots did strike...Shelton, which shortly thereafter resulted in his death from gunshot wounds," wrote Carter.
"Thereafter, both Moore and McCollum made a hasty retreat from the scene...and did begin efforts to hide their involvement in this crime," Carter concluded.
In August, Lewisburg Police Department detectives got a break in the case, and on Aug. 23, Detective James Johnson wrote the arrest warrants for Moore and McCollum and they were picked up the same day.
McCollum has been held in Marshall County Jail since his arrest, and he was in court Wednesday afternoon. Attorney Stan Pierchoski of Pulaski has been appointed to represent McCollum, but Pierchoski was not in court, so McCollum's arraignment was postponed until the next Circuit Court date on Feb. 6.
Moore was initially held in Bedford County, but later transferred to the Tennessee Department of Corrections. He is currently confined in the Northwest Correctional Complex at Tiptonville in West Tennessee. Moore was not in court, so he must also be arraigned at a later date.
According to the TDOC website, before his arrest Moore was out on parole from a sentence that started in 2008, and this parole was revoked on Jan. 4. His sentence ends in 2017. TDOC spells Moore's first name "Charrod." Moore's name has been mentioned in statements made by defendants in recent local drug cases, and he is alleged to be a member of the Vice Lords gang.
Readers are reminded that indictment constitutes only charges and under the American system of justice, every person is presumed innocent until they plead guilty or their guilt has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt.