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4th teen charged in murder of Memphis contractor

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Family and friends say J.P. Shelley was a husband, father, and a family man. Family and friends say J.P. Shelley was a husband, father, and a family man.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - A fourth teenager has been arrested and charged with the murder of Memphis contractor J.P. Shelley.

Memphis police arrested Thomas Moss, 17, Monday night and charged him with first-degree murder in perpetration of a robbery.

The teen has been booked at juvenile court.

According to police, the teenagers robbed Shelley, then fired a single shot, which killed him on October 4, 2013.

Derek Cunningham, 15, and Corey Sandifer, 16, all face charges of first-degree murder in perpetration of aggravated robbery and aggravated robbery.

Two sources tell Action News 5 that another teenager, originally the accused getaway driver, will be released from custody on Tuesday and the murder charge against him will be dropped because prosecutors and investigators no longer believe he was involved in the murder.

Family and friends say J.P. Shelley was a husband, father, and a family man. He quit work one year ago to take care of his father and spend more time with his children. Shortly before his death, he began working as a part-time contractor and started renovating homes.

The news of the fourth arrest caught Beverly Shelley off guard.

"I had no clue that anyone else was going to be arrested," she said. "[J.P.] could build anything. He could cook anything. He could fix anything. He was just a phenomenal human being."

Matthew John represents Moss in juvenile court.

"They for some reason have decided now to charge my client," said John. "I don't know what's in his statement, and just because someone talks to the police doesn't in any way, shape, or form mean that they've admitted guilt. It probably means, if anything, it means that they've been cooperative and that they respect the process."

An affidavit of complaint says a witness statement led investigators to Moss. Police say Moss then admitted to driving Sandifer and Cunningham to the scene, parking down the street, waiting for them to return, driving away, and receiving $40 dollars for his participation.

Beverly just wants justice for her husband's murder.

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