Master Trooper Joe Veeneman
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 8, Morehead
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Murder/Arson Investigation and Arrest
Date of News Release: 08/02/2011
(Morehead, Ky.) -- On 08-02-2011 at 9:30 a.m. Shelby Conley appeared in Bell County District Court on an unrelated charge of Assault 4th. Shelby Conley was arrested by the Pineville Police Department based on an investigation initiated by Detective Donnie McGraw. Det. McGraw was investigating Ms. Conley for an incident that occurred at 204 Devils Fork Road, Wrigley, KY on March 27, 2010. As a result, the case was presented to the Morgan County Grand Jury on July 21, 2011. An indictment was returned on July 28, 2011 charging Shelby Conley with murder and arson. Shelby Conley is accused of shooting her father, Donald Conley, and with the assistance of Chris Lovely, set fire to her father's residence. Chris Lovely was apprehended last month in Orange County, Indiana on arson charges related to this incident. Shelby Conley is currently lodged at the Bell County Jail. The case remains under investigation by Detective Donnie McGraw.