Correction: >This post contained two pictures of Mr. Shackelford and a female. JJ misidentified her as Mrs. Thomas. JJ has other pictures of Mrs. Thomas and the women are similar in features. Apologies to Lindsey Thomas and Mr. Shackelford. The removal of the pictures obviously changes the nature of the story. We make a mistake on this website, we own up to it and don't bury it on the bottom of page B-18 in fine print.
Journalistus Maximus Jerry Mitchell reported that Madison County Constable Matt Shackleford might have engaged in some questionable behavior. The story appeared on the front page of the Sunday edition of the Clarion-Ledger. The article included a picture of the constable holding up a funny-looking plant. It is not known if he is indeed a horticulturist or has an affinity for plants of the distinctive green-leaf variety. The story then questioned his actions and relationship with the wife of Lindsey Kirkland Thomas. Mr. Shackelford arrested Raymond Ethan Thomas after Mrs. Thomas filed charges against him. The constable later arrested Mr. Thomas for allegedly stalking him as well. The charges were later dismissed or remanded. The couple is seeking a divorce. Mr. Mitchell only posted one picture in his article. However, JJ obtained more pictures which may tell the Rest of the story.
Mr. Mitchell mentioned a Facebook posts endorsing the constable for re-election:
According to the report, the informant said Shackelford grew marijuana and that “the aquarium and lights were to ‘cover’ him in the event narcotics agents questioned him about his abnormally high power bill.”
Shackelford denied this claim and denied he used any recreational drugs.
Brooks obtained photographs of Shackelford’s constable car at Pop’s Around the Corner, a south Jackson bar, at 3:25 a.m. on May 3. (KF note: The car is the constable's personal property. It is NOT a county-owned vehicle.)
The private investigator said he turned over his report to Madison County authorities. They, in turn, gave the report to the attorney general’s office.
In a Sept. 23 deposition in the divorce case, Shackelford testified he used his constable car for both professional and personal purposes.
Under questioning, he acknowledged Thomas’ estranged wife worked on his campaign.
On Facebook, she urged people to give. “Constable Shackelford is an invaluable asset to Madison County,” she wrote. “He (along with a few wonderful deputies) went above and beyond the call of duty to help me in a tough time that would have been much worse without the dedication and kindness shown by the Constable and others.”
She concluded, “There is NO ONE better suited for the job.”
Then there are pictures of these funny little green plants:
and there is also a picture of some type of outdoor activity. Nothing like communing with the same nature that arose the religious sentiment in Emerson and Thoreau.
Stay tuned. This story is probably going to have more chapters.