Posted on April 24, 2014

Widow’s Anguish as Three Teens Indicted for Killing Married Father of Two After He Willingly Gave the Muggers His Wallet

Snejana Farberov, Daily Mail (London), April 23, 2014

A trio of teenagers from Tennessee have been indicted in connection to a 2013 murder and robbery of a married father of two.

Derek Cunningham, 15, and Corey Sandifer, 16, and Thomas Moss, 17, are accused of shooting dead John Palmer Shelley, 42, as they attempted to rob him October 4, 2013.


Cunningham, the youngest of the three, also faces one count of premeditated first-degree murder.
All three teens are being held without bond.

On October 4, 2013, John ‘J.P.’ Shelley and construction worker Octavio Sanchez were making renovation estimates on a home at 4776 Scottsdale Avenue when they were ambushed by three teens who demanded their possessions.


However, after the 42-year-old man gave up his wallet, he was fatally shot in the neck. Sanchez escaped unharmed.

‘They had robbed my family of such a wonderful man,’ Beverly Shelley, the victim’s widow, said shortly after the tragedy.

Despite their young age, both Cunningham and Sandifer have extensive criminal histories, MyFox Memphis reported last year.

Cunningham was charged with domestic assault in 2009 when he was only 11 years old. Since then, he was picked up by police 14 times on charges including aggravated sexual battery and resisting arrest.

Sandifer has been before a judge seven times in two years on assault, vandalism and other counts.


[Editor’s Note: Photos of the perps can be found here.]