Arrest made of Ex-Deputy Shelby County Deputy District Clerk Shelly Lynn Murphree

Murphree charged with tampering with a government record after clerk's office records turn up dumped

Earlier this year several documents file stamped “Shelby County District Clerk’s Office” ended up in a bag of trash and dumped in a creek.

After an investigation into the incident by the Texas Rangers, former Shelby County Deputy District Clerk Shelly Lynn Murphree, 47, of Shelbyville was charged.

  According to the arrest affidavit, Texas Ranger James Hicks was contacted by Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Detective Adam Renfro, and was informed by him that on or about 03-27-2019 a Shelby County resident discovered a bag of trash in a creek bed on her property.

Inside the trash bag was mail addressed to Shelly Grissom, Richard Grissom, Shelly Murphree and Jason Pyles.

  Hicks observed that several of the documents were file stamped with the “Shelby County District Clerk’s Office.”

He also observed a check and a money order, which did not appear to have been cashed or deposited, but appeared to have accompanied official government requests or response.

One document appeared to be a “Release of Child Support Lien.” The documents appeared to have been addressed between 10-28-2018 and 03-07-2019.

  It was further stated in the affidavit that Detective Renfro informed Hicks that Shelly Murphree was known to be employed by the Shelby County District Clerk’s Office as a former Shelby County Deputy District Clerk.

Renfro stated he knew that Shelby County District Clerk, Lori Oliver, had been shown the documents and confirmed they were from her office and that there was no legitimate reason they should have been removed from the office.

  According to the arrest affidavit, during an interview between Texas Ranger James Hicks and Shelly Lynn Murphree, she admitted she took the documents and as many as 30 others and removed them from the clerk’s office because she was overwhelmed.

Murphree admitted she knew it was wrong to remove the documents.

  On July 9, Murphree was arrested and charged with the offense of Tampering with a Government Record, PC 37.10 (a) (3) a Class A Misdemeanor, against the laws of the State of Texas. She was bonded out later in the evening on a $5,000 bond, officials said.



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