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Albertville man charged with murder has history of theft

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By Stephen McLamb- bio | email

ALBERTVILLE, AL (WAFF) - The past of 31-year-old Ray Christopher Shockley, the Albertville man accused of killing his girlfriend and dumping her body in Etowah County, is filled with a laundry list of crimes.

Monday, Shockley was arraigned and charged with the murder of Tonya Turnmire, but it wasn't his first time to be in handcuffs before a judge.

Since 2005, court records from Marshall and Etowah County show Shockley has been charged five times for writing bad checks, three times for fraudulent use of a credit card, and three times for theft of property.

Authorities have discussed the possibility of upgrading his charges to capital murder over Turnmire's last paycheck.

Battles said she felt all along something bad had happened to her employee Tonya Turnmire when she left June 4th.

"I lost a lot of sleep that night. I didn't sleep from thinking about it," said Eva Battles, Y-mart store manager.

Battles says she knew something was wrong with Turnmire around 10 that morning.

"In fact, I asked her to clean up and go ahead and leave because she couldn't focus on her job," said Battles.

Around 11:30 a.m., Battles says they talked on the phone and everything seemed ok but she couldn't help but remember a conversation she had with Turnmire just days before involving Ray Shockley.

"He had used her debit cards repeatedly and cashed all of her money out," said Battles.

Battles says she got a call from Shockley concerning Turnmire's paycheck.

"He wanted me to cash her check to put gas in her car," said Battles.

Battle says she told Shockley it couldn't be done unless Turnmire was there, but that answer wasn't good enough for Shockley.

"He called me right back and asked me why I couldn't cash that check since she worked there," said Battles.

Battles says she hung up on Shockley when he got ugly with her. She tried to contact Turnmire the next morning when she didn't show up for work.

"Then we got a text message back saying sick, can't work," said Battles.

By this time, police believe Turnmire had already been murdered. Battles says she doesn't believe it could have been Turnmire sending the text because she never text them at work.

Prosecutors declined to comment on the case except to say any decision to upgrade charges will be made once the investigation is complete.

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