Charges dropped against 1 in death, fire case

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (AP) – A prosecutor in East Tennessee has dropped charges against one of three men charged in a double homicide-arson case.

The Elizabethton Star (http://bit.ly/1qeh0mB) reports the district attorney general’s office filed paperwork on Saturday to dismiss charges against Jeffrey Scott Whitehead in the 2012 slayings of Glenn Shell and Joyce Brock in Roan Mountain. Whitehead had been charged with murder, conspiracy, evidence tampering and aggravated arson.

Assistant District Attorney General Dennis Brooks said the counts were dismissed without prejudice, which would allow the state to press charges in the future if more evidence develops.

Two others, Jonathan Scott Shell and Tyler Daniel Shell, remained charged. Jonathan Scott Shell is the son of Glenn Shell. Tyler Daniel Shell is not related to the suspect or the victim.