Local News

December 7, 2011

Dalton woman to face murder charge in February

Husband sentenced to prison


ELLIJAY — ‘In summation’

Parham said Shawn Ivey lied to investigators initially to protect his wife, believing they had an agreement to protect each other if Hade’s death came to light.

Parham showed a PowerPoint presentation of 13 people — including Loretta Ivey’s daughter, her son and his father, and numerous other men in her life — in an attempt to show “the string of people affected by Loretta Ivey.”

“Loretta brings people into her life and uses them against each other to get what she wants — the linchpin of the case is Loretta,” he said in summation before sentencing, and used court testimony in previous cases to show where both her son and daughter recanted allegations of child molestation that he said their mother had put them up to against some of the men in her life.

Hendricks admitted the true facts as to what happened are “muddled and confused.”

But he pointed out Shawn Ivey “admitted he entered into a conspiracy to conceal facts ... and cover up a murder.”

“He gave his version of what happened today when he lied before,” he said of Ivey’s testimony. “This is a decision (for pleading guilty of voluntary manslaughter) that Shawn Ivey has made. If you tell multiple people you killed somebody, you’re going to be a prime suspect ... the cold, hard evidence shows Shawn Ivey perpetrated this crime ... his testimony at this point is just not persuasive.”

Further, Hendricks said, Shawn Ivey “showed a callous disregard for the dignity of human life” in throwing Hade’s body into a kudzu patch, and “sufficient mercy” had already been granted him through the plea bargain.

Weaver said Loretta Ivey was “just as involved” as Shawn Ivey, and although the court didn’t know who actually hit Hade, “Loretta is just as capable mentally and physically” of the crime.

“There’s really no motive as to why this happened,” she said, other than mentioning alcohol and possibly drugs.

After the sentencing, Parham said the plea was “(Shawn’s) choice.”

“He would have been facing a life sentence (if convicted of a jury for murder),” said Parham. “It was his decision. If you ask him, I think he may say ‘I did the right thing’ (in pleading down).”

Text Only
Local News
  • Little library 1 mlh.jpg Little Libraries, big goal

    Whitfield County just received a new library.
    And better yet, 26 more are on the way to the region.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Picture 3.jpg Rock solid

    A great number of things have come and gone since 1974.
    One that hasn’t: a small Dalton school founded by parents wanting a unique learning environment for their children.

    July 27, 2014 2 Photos

  • Vann House Day '14 6 mlh.jpg History comes alive at Vann House

    SPRING PLACE — In the early 1800s, the 1,000-acre plantation belonging to Cherokee Indian leader James Vann was a bustling place.

    July 26, 2014 5 Photos

  • Local congressmen agree with Deal

    Regarding news last week that approximately 30 unaccompanied minors from Central America, who had crossed the southern border into the United States, were sent without warning to Dalton last year and enrolled in Dalton Public Schools, Republican politicians representing portions of Murray and Whitfield Counties agree — state and local school officials deserved to know in advance, they say.

    July 26, 2014

  • Former chamber location 2 mlh.jpg Plan could cut flooding, stormwater damage in Dalton

    On a recent day, McClellan Creek flowed gently through Harlan Godfrey Civitan Park. But some park goers who live near the area say that even a mild rain can turn the creek into a torrent that eats away at their property.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Civil War anniversary: The Battle of Crow Valley, May 9-12, 1864

    The Atlanta Campaign began during the first two weeks of May 1864 in and around Dalton. Union Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman’s strategy was to target two of his armies, about 80,000 men, against Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston’s Army of Tennessee at Dalton. Then, while Johnston’s attention was diverted by these forces, he would secretly send his third army, about 25,000 troops under Maj. Gen. James B. McPherson, in a flanking movement to the southwest through Snake Creek Gap. Sherman’s goal was to break Johnston’s railroad supply line some 15 miles south at Resaca and trap Johnston’s Confederates in Dalton.

    July 26, 2014

  • New church being  built mlh.jpg Church construction continues

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Avans.jpg Three arrested in arson plot to claim insurance money

    Three people have been arrested for their role in a fire at a Chatsworth home as part of an insurance scam to collect money, officials said.

    July 25, 2014 3 Photos

  • Investigation into MFG chemical accident continues

    An investigation is still ongoing after a MFG Chemical employee was injured earlier this month at a plant on Kimberly Park Drive.

    July 25, 2014

  • Judge sets $100,000 bond for Cohutta man accused of incest, molestation

    A Cohutta man charged with incest, aggravated sodomy and child molestation was granted a $100,000 bond over the prosecutor’s objection on Friday.

    July 25, 2014