Friday, December 4, 2009

Dad found guilty in murder of "estranged" wife; she was killed after dropping off child at dad's house (Labelle, Florida)

This case is one reason why it's total insanity for abusers to have child visitation/custody rights. Dad JOSEPH SHOOK took full advantage of the fact that his "estranged" wife was required to come to his house to drop of their child for visitation--"full advantage" in this case meaning that he used to occasion to murder her.

Joseph Shook guilty of killing wife
Posted: Dec 04, 2009 3:15 PM CST
Updated: Dec 04, 2009 3:39 PM CST

LABELLE: A jury has found Joseph Shook guilty of killing his estranged wife, Melissa, in 2007.

The jury handed down its decision just before 4 15 p.m.

Shook faces the possibility of life in prison on the Second Degree Murder conviction.

Sentencing set for Jan 22nd at 11:00 a.m.

The jury got the case around 2 p.m.


Melissa's father reported to Lee County deputies that she dropped off her child at her estranged husband's house at 10:30 a.m. on July 24 and had not been seen since.

On July 29, Melissa's body was found buried in a field near the Lee/Hendry county line four blocks from Joseph Shook's house.

The final mediation for their divorce was scheduled for July 26, 2007.

Deputies found duct tape, rope and a shovel in Joseph's garage. The duct tape forensically matched the duct tape found on Melissa's mouth, according to court documents.

The shovel and rope were purchased at a local hardware store on July 18.

Joseph Shook is being tried in Hendry County because he was given the option of having the trial in Lee or Hendry counties. He chose Hendry.