Award-winning reporter Jerry Mitchell delved into the Ethan Thomas drama in Madison County on the front pages of the Clarion-Ledger this morning. It seems that Constable Matt Shackleford is ensnared in the mess as he might have gotten a little too close to the wife of Mr. Thomas and has an interesting little green plant in his home as well. The Thomases have filed for divorce in Madison County. Mr. Mitchell writes:
This is the story of two Mississippi men — one with a habit of arresting, sometimes under questionable circumstances, and the other with a habit of getting arrested, often under odd circumstances.
Recently, the first one, Madison County Constable Matt Shackelford, testified in the divorce case of the second, Raymond Ethan Thomas.
The odds would seem to be stacked against Thomas, who first lost his wife and then his dogs.
On April 3, Shackelford arrested Thomas for contempt of court after he was alleged to have taken three dogs from his estranged wife, Lindsey, who had a protective order in place....
Months later, Shackelford had Thomas arrested again, alleging he was stalking him — an accusation Thomas denied.
That charge and all the others against Thomas in Madison County have since been dismissed or remanded to files.....
Thomas’ family hired private investigator Richard Brooks in the divorce case to investigate allegations regarding Shackelford because of suspected adultery.
Thomas is fighting the divorce, mainly because of the custody arrangements. He hasn't seen or talked with his 5-year-old son since April.*...
Brooks, a former narcotics officer, said he developed a confidential informant who provided pictures of Shackelford.
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.... Rest of article.
Read the rest of the story as there are many more interesting details reported by Mr. Mitchell.
*Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the child from an earlier marriage?