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Double Murder Arrests

Double Murder arrests in Carter County

Tyler Shell Tyler Shell
Jonathan Shell Jonathan Shell
Jeffrey Whitehead Jeffrey Whitehead
CARTER COUNTY, TN -

UPDATE 6:30 PM 2/25

After an 8 month investigation, that spanned from East Tennessee to Oklahoma, Georgia, Virginia and South Carolina, three  people are arrested in connection to the 2012 double murder of Russell Glenn Shell and Joyce Brock. 

According to the carter county sheriff's department, one of the men charged is the son of one of the victims and another man is married to the same victim's ex-wife.  Jonathan Shell, is the son of victim Russell Shell.  Jeffery Whitehead is married to Russell Shell's ex-wife.  Jonathan Shell and Jeffery Whitehead were both indicted by the Carter County Grand Jury last week on two counts each of first degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, aggravated arson, and abuse of a corpse.

The motive of the murders is not known at this time and remains under investigation.

"We will say that we know that drugs were involved in this case.  We know that Glenn shell, his ex-wife is now married to Jeffery whitehead," said Sheriff Mathes.

Tyler Shell, who is of no relation, was indicted on two counts of first degree murder, and conspiracy to commit murder. He was released on a $10,000 bond.

 

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UPDATE 10:00 am 2/25

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Carter County Sheriff's Office yesterday arrested three individuals responsible for a double murder and arson that happened last summer in Roan Mountain. The three men were indicted by the Carter County grand jury last week on the charges.

Jonathan Shell, 22, and Jeffrey Whitehead, 48, both of Roan Mountain, were each indicted on two counts of first degree murder, two counts of conspiracy to commit first degree murder, two counts of aggravated arson and two counts of tampering with evidence-abuse of a corpse. Twenty-year-old Tyler Daniel Shell, of Trade, was indicted on two counts of first degree murder and two counts of conspiracy to commit first degree murder.

On June 26, 2012, 61-year-old Joyce Brock and 54-year-old Russell Glenn Shell were found dead in a burning garage adjacent to their residence on Hemlock Lane. An autopsy revealed both victims had suffered gunshot wounds to the head before being set on fire. The couple had been living in the garage because several weeks earlier their home was burned and destroyed. The cause of that fire was also arson. Jonathan Shell is Russell Glenn Shell's son and Tyler Shell is of no relation to the victims or other subjects. Whitehead is married to Russell Glenn Shell's ex-wife.

The 1st Judicial District Attorney General requested TBI open an investigation into the double murder. TBI investigated the case with the Carter County Sheriff's Office and Tennessee Bomb and Arson.

The Shells and Whitehead were booked into the Carter County Jail without bond.

(Information from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation)

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A news conference will be held in Carter County to discuss the arrest of three people in connection with an unsolved double murder and arson.  

Sheriff Chris Mathes tells News Channel 11 that three people are in custody in connection to an unsolved double murder and arson that was discovered on 120 Hemlock Lane in Carter County on June 26, 2012.  

Investigators identified the victims as 54 year-old Russell Glen Shell and 61 year-old Joyce Brock.    

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation believes someone shot Shell and Brock, then set the garage they were living in on fire.

More details will be given at a news conference today at 2pm at the Carter County Courthouse. 

News Channel 11 will be there and we'll give you more details on this big development.

WATCH THE PRESS CONFERENCE LIVE AT 2 p.m. THIS AFTERNOON.

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