A 39-year-old from North Carolina has been found guilty of the murder of a trucker back in 2015 during an attempted robbery. The man was on the run for about a year and a half before authorities caught up with him.
It was shortly before 3:45am on June 9th, 2015. 63-year-old Thomas “Chilly” Childs was prepping his truck on the grounds of Ridgway Industries in Yeadon, North Carolina for a trip up to New York State. According to prosecutors, that’s when Rodney Shelton approached Childs with a handgun and attempted to rob him. When Childs refused, Shelton allegedly fired two shots, one of which struck Childs who died a short while later.
During the investigation, police found a 9mm handgun, Childs’ cell phone, and $23 in cash inside the grounds of a cemetery nearby.
For 18 months, Shelton evaded police until he was finally captured in Georgia. He was arrested and charged with criminal homicide, murder in the first, second and third degrees, robbery, possessing an instrument of crime and firearms offenses.
After less than four hours of deliberation, the jury returned the verdict. They found Shelton guilty of second degree murder, robbery, and multiple firearms offenses. According to the Delaware County District Attorney General, Shelton will face a mandatory minimum of life in prison.
“It’s been a long week, but it’s a happy ending,” said Ginger Childs, the wife of the late trucker.