PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — Accused Tarpon Springs murderer Shelby Nealy has finally arrived in Pinellas County after a two week extradition.
Nealy made his first court appearance Sunday morning. He is being held in jail without bond and is facing three counts of first degree murder and three counts of aggravated cruelty to animals, plus a grand theft motor vehicle charge.
- Shelby Nealy accused of killing wife, in-laws
- Nealy arrested in Ohio, picked up on January 18
- Nealy arrived at Pinellas jail on February 2
Nealy is accused of killing his wife, Jamie Ivancic, and her family, Laura, Richard, and Nicholas Ivancic.
The bodies of her parents and brother were found at their Tarpon Springs home on January 1. Ivancic's body was found a week later buried behind a home in Pasco County that she used to rent with Nealy. Police believe Nealy killed his wife over a year ago.
Nealy was arrested in Ohio a few days after the three bodies were found at a Tarpon Springs home.
Detectives said he admitted to killing his wife, using her phone to keep in contact with her parents, then driving to Tarpon Springs to kill them after they started to get suspicious because they hadn't heard her voice in so long.
New details reveal that Nealy killed his in-laws and brother-in-law separately with the same hammer.
According to court documents, Richard and Laura were killed December 15 and Nicholas was killed on December 16.
Detectives said Nealy killed Richard first when they were home alone, and after Laura got home, he killed her, then wrapped their bodies in rugs and put them in the bedroom.
Detectives said Nicholas arrived home later in the evening and was napping on the couch when Nealy killed him with the same hammer and covered his body with a painter's drop cloth.
Detectives said Nealy planned to return at a later time to dispose of their bodies.
He was picked up from an Ohio jail on January 18 to be brought to the Pinellas County Jail. Nealy arrived at the Pinellas County Jail at about 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 2.
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office says they hired an independent contractor to transport Nealy and that it's not unusual for it to take weeks to extradite a prisoner.
“The Sheriff is responsible for transporting and extraditing prisoners back to Pinellas County. It is more cost effective to utilize an independent contractor who can transport multiple prisoners for multiple agencies at the same time rather than sending our deputies to transport one prisoner back to Pinellas.”