Friday, March 31, 2017

Gore Couple Face Accessory Charge

Matthew Terrell and Sha Lynn Moyer Terrell

A Gore couple, arrested Feb. 3 and charged with accessory after the fact in the disappearance and suspected murder of Matthew Fagan, have both entered not guilty pleas to the charge.

Matthew Terrell, 22, and Sha Lynn Moyer Terrell, 24, are accused of helping three Webbers Falls men dispose of Fagan’s body near Lake Tenkiller in June. Fagan’s body has never been found, but Sequoyah County Sheriff Larry lane said the search is continuing.

The Terrells were interviewed in late January and on Feb. 3, according to the investigator’s report filed with the charges in Sequoyah County District Court, Sallisaw.

Sha Lynn Terrell continued to deny being involved, the investigator reported.

But her husband, Matthew Terrell, told the investigator that both he and his wife were contacted by the persons suspected of Fagan’s disappearance and possible death on June 21. He told the investigator that the three suspects contacted him because they wanted to go back to Buzzard Roost Nature Trail to look for Fagan. According to the report, Terrell took his father’s truck, while his father was sleeping. Matthew Terrell, Sha Lynn Terrell, Patrick Ledford, Tyler Leverett, Michael Snelling and Charles Shamblim then drove back to the nature trail.

At the trail, Shamblin, Snelling and Leverett went into the woods, Terrell said, and came back carrying Fagan’s body, which they put in Terrell’s pickup truck bed. Terrell said Leverett then directed Terrell to drive on a dirt trail that went to the water’s edge on Lake Tenkiller.

At the lake, Terrell said Shamblin, Snelling and Leverett unloaded the body, and were gone between 30 and 60 minutes. When they returned, Terrell said he noticed all three were wearing muddy boots. Terrell then drove the men to Webbers Falls.

Snelling, 22, and Shamblin, 25, are charged in district court with first-degree murder, and Leverett, 22, faces a second-degree murder charge. All three entered not guilty pleas to the charges.

According to the investigator’s report filed with the charges against Snelling, the suspect said the three participated in beating Fagan, then later wrapped the body in chicken wire and dumped Fagan’s body in Lake Tenkiller. Fagan’s death, reports indicate, was the result of an argument over a woman.

Sha Lynn Terrell’s next court appearance is slated for May 4. Matthew Terrell’s next court appearance is scheduled for April 19 on Associate District Judge Kyle Waters’ disposition docket.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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