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The Case of Pamela Curlee Shelly

Air Date: Sept. 3, 2013

VICTIM INFO:
Pamela Curlee Shelly, 31

LOCATION:
Cuero, Texas

DATE OF CRIME:
January 6, 2001

LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY:
Dewitt County Sheriff’s Office

DETECTIVES / EXPERTS:
Carl Bowen (DCSO), Johnny Bonds

CASE DESCRIPTION:
Pam Shelly was a loving mother of two. Shortly after splitting from her husband, she reconnected with Ronnie Hendrick, an old family friend. They fell in love, and she moved with her kids from Arkansas to Texas to live with him. Ronnie and Pam had a passionate but volatile love affair, which eventually became combative. One day, after a heated argument, Ronnie reportedly pushed Pam’s daughter, Kayla. Pam became enraged and jumped to her daughter’s defense. Pam and Ronnie fought before she finally told him she was leaving him for good. After packing up her and the kids’ things, Pam was putting on make-up in the bathroom when her daughter said she heard a scream and ran to find Pam on the floor with a bullet wound to her head. Pam later died in the hospital, and her case was ruled a suicide. But Pam’s children and Carl Bowen, a detective at the time of the incident, have always believed that Ronnie committed murder.

CASE UPDATE:
On September 10, 2013, Ronnie Hendrick pled guilty to killing Pamela Shelly and was sentenced to 22 years in prison. Click here for more.