Summertown man charged in ex-girlfriend's death - WSMV News 4

Summertown man charged in ex-girlfriend's death

Posted: Updated: Sep 10, 2015 10:58 AM
Shane Shirley (Source: TBI) Shane Shirley (Source: TBI)
SUMMERTOWN, TN (WSMV) -

A Summertown man has been charged in the death of his ex-girlfriend, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

The suspect, Shane Shirley, was reportedly involved in a custody battle with his ex-girlfriend, Britney Nicole Pigg, over their 6-month-old child. 

Someone reported Pigg was missing after she didn't show up to a scheduled paternity hearing on Wednesday. 

Investigators later found the 25-year-old's body inside her car on a property belonging to Shirley's uncle on Drakes Lane.

Authorities said the child was found unharmed at the home of a friend of Shirley's current girlfriend. 

The TBI said Pigg met Shirley at his home on Hanna Road the night before the hearing.

Shirley, 23, is charged with criminal homicide and is being held without bond at the Lewis County jail. Shirley has an extensive criminal history that includes domestic assault, domestic vandalism, burning personal property, filing false reports and driving on a revoked license.

Darrell Shirley described his nephew, Shane Shirley, as a helpful man and a good father.

“Used to play around here as a kid. As far as I know, he’s a good kid,” Darrell Shirley said. “He loves his kid, loves him dearly.”

Darrell Shirley said he was surprised to learn his nephew had been arrested.

“That’s not the Shane I know. That’s not him,” he said. “That don’t even sound like him. People have got him made out to something that he’s not.”

He said he did not know Pigg’s body was found on his property.

“I don’t know where they found the body,” Darrell Shirley said. “They haven’t told me nothing. I don’t know nothing about that.”

Despite Shane Shirley’s criminal history, his family asked everyone to hold their judgment.

“Wait and find out the bottom line,” Darrell Shirley said. “Find out exactly what went on. Go from there. Don’t judge nobody until you find out for sure.”

Both the Lewis County Sheriff's Office and the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department are assisting in the investigation.

So far, Channel 4 has been unable to get in touch with Pigg’s family. Shane Shirley’s mother said she had no comment.

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