2001 DeWitt murder featured on new TV show

Aug. 28, 2013 at 3:28 a.m.

The case of the death of Pamela Shelly in DeWitt County in 2001 will be featured in the premiere episode of TNT's "Cold Justice" television series.

The trial in the case, which was reopened in 2008 by the DeWitt County Sheriff's Office, opens Sept. 9 with Shelly's boyfriend at the time, Ronnie Joe Hendrick, facing a murder charge.

The case was reopened by sheriff's office investigator Sgt. Carl Bowen, who was a patrol deputy when Shelly was found dead of a gunshot wound in her home.

Sheriff Jode Zavesky gave Bowen the go-ahead.

"When I created the investigator's position and Carl moved in there, he told me he had been at the scene of that case and wanted to take a closer look at it. Some things just didn't seem right to him," Zavesky said in an interview last fall.

"I told him to run with it."

In October, Hendrick, 41, of Yorktown, was indicted by a DeWitt County grand jury on a murder charge for Shelly's death.

Her death was originally ruled a suicide.

One of the show's stars is prosecutor Kelly Siegler, who helped try the case of the murder of Game Warden Justin Hurst in Wharton County in 2008.

"Cold Justice" airs at 9 p.m. Tuesday on TNT.



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