Friday, April 1, 2016

Missing teacher's husband guilty of attempted murder

The ex-husband of a missing Shelbyville teacher, who has been considered a "person of interest" by authorities since her 2011 disppearence, has been convicted of attempting to kill his girlfriend in Florida. Tyler Mook, 35, now a resident of Palm City, Florida, threw his girlfriend over the front of a boat and held her underwater in Stuart, Florida, in October 2014, authorities and an arrest report said. Mook was convicted of attempted second-degree murder by a Martin County, Florida jury Thursday, Florida media reports. He will be sentenced in late May. Shelley Mook, his ex-wife, was last seen in February 2011 after dropping her daughter off at his home near Shelbyville on the way to meet a worker remodeling a home she was moving into in Murfreesboro. Her burned car was found that night near Murfreesboro.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Ex-husband of missing Edinboro native convicted of attempted murder in Florida

PALM CITY, Fla. -- The former husband of an Edinboro native who disappeared in 2011 in Tennessee was convicted Thursday of attempting to kill another woman by drowning her, according to the TCPalm newspaper.

Tyler Mook, 35, of Palm City, was convicted Thursday of attempted second-degree murder from an Oct. 4, 2014, incident in which authorities accused him of throwing his girlfriend over the front of a boat and holding her underwater, the paper reported.

Mook's brother was on the boat and managed to pull him off, allowing the woman to escape, the paper reported.

Tyler Mook is a person of interest in the 2011 disappearance of Edinboro native Shelley Mook.

An eighth-grade reading teacher in Shelbyville, Tenn, Shelley Mook was last seen on Feb. 28, 2011, by her estranged husband after she dropped off their then 6-year-old daughter at his home in Shelbyville during the afternoon.

Later that day, her burned-out car was found on a highway, about 18 miles away, in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Authorities in Tennessee conducted several searches for evidence in the Shelbyville area, but never found Shelley Mook's body.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation named Tyler Mook their main person of interest, but never made an arrest.

The case remains unsolved.

Tyler Mook convicted of attempted first-degree murder

Tyler Mook (WSMV)
Tyler Mook (WSMV)
It has been five years since Shelley Mook has been seen by anyone. At the time of her disappearance, authorities were looking at her estranged husband Tyler Mook.
That case still remains unsolved. But now, Tyler Mook has been found guilty of trying to kill a different woman.
"Hopefully he wont be able to hurt anyone else," said Kevin Keele a private investigator.
Tyler Mook is now convicted of attempted murder in the first degree.
"I think Tyler would be a threat to any woman he happened to be with," Keele said.
According to police in Florida, Tyler Mook threw his girlfriend Robin Donneth off of a boat and attempted to hold her under water. Tyler's brother Andrew Mook managed to pull him off. A witness claimed Tyler then said, "No one disrespects me in front of my family. I will kill her."
"Its good that Tyler's brother Andrew was there when this happened with Ms. Donneth. It's just a shame that someone wasn't here for Shelley when she needed it most and able to protect her," Keele said.
Shelley Mook, a Bedford County teacher, vanished in 2011. While the TBI named Tyler their main person of interest, they never made an arrest.
"The longer it goes, the harder it is to get a conviction or maybe even to prosecute anyone for the murder of Shelley Mook," said Jonathan Brown, Shelley Mook's mother's attorney.
Tyler Mook's Tennessee attorney David Raybin told Channel 4:
I spoke with Tyler's Florida attorney this morning whom I've been in constant communication with. He is going to appeal the verdict to higher courts down there. I can say that that incident down there is of no relevance whatsoever to the allegations here. I am certainly aware that nothing about the Tennessee case came into the Florida trial in any way. Tyler absolutely maintains his innocence regarding the disappearance of his former wife Shelley Mook.
As for Shelley Mook's family, Thursday's conviction wasn't the justice they've been waiting for, but they do consider it a small victory.
"Hopefully this will promote people to maybe come forward with information they didn't want to come out with because maybe they were scared of Tyler Mook or something like that," Brown said.
Shelley Mook's mother was in court Thursday to witness Tyler's conviction. A family friend, Brittany Brooks sent the following statement:
Today we feel like we could lift the weight of the world! Now is the time for anyone with information on Shelley to come forward. Be strong. Don't have fear. Help us get justice for her.
Tyler Mook's sentencing hearing will take place in May.

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Palm City man convicted of attempted murder in attack on girlfriend

By Laurie K. Blandford of TCPalm
MARTIN COUNTY — A jury has convicted a Palm City man of attempting to murder his girlfriend by drowning her, said Assistant State Attorney Nita Denton.
Tyler Mook, 35, of the 1000 block of Southwest All American Boulevard, was convicted Thursday of attempted second-degree murder stemming from an Oct. 4, 2014, incident. Mook was in a boat with his girlfriend, his brother and his brother's girlfriend, heading for the Stuart Sandbar, according to Denton and an arrest report.
An argument led to Mook throwing his girlfriend over the front of the boat and holding her down underwater near Sandsprit Park, according to Sheriff William Snyder.
He was arrested Dec. 13, 2014, on a warrant.
Mook's sentencing is scheduled for May 26, Denton said. His trial began Monday, and the jury began deliberations Wednesday.
In an unrelated case, Mook is a person of interest in the 2011 disappearance of his former wife, Shelley Mook. He is believed to have been the last person to see the Tennessee woman before she disappeared.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Mook suspected in death, attempted murder

The man who is a person of interest in the presumed death of his Edinboro wife is now on trial in Florida for the attempted murder of his girlfriend. 
Jury selection is underway in the case against Tyler Mook. He is being tried in a Martin County, Florida courtroom for attempting to drown his girlfriend while on a boat in 2014.
He is also a person of interest in the case of his missing wife, Shelley Mook.
Action News has followed the case over the years.
The school teacher from Edinboro disappeared in 2011 while the two were living in Tennessee.
The burned out remains of her car were found a few days after she disappeared.
Shelley Mook is now presumed dead.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

911 recording could provide new details on missing Shelbyville woman

A never-before-heard recording in the case of a man suspected in his wife's disappearance could shed new light on the case.


Shelley Mook disappeared in 2011 and is presumed dead. Her husband, Tyler Mook, is the person of interest.
Shelley Mook had been missing for about a year when the 911 call center in Franklin County got an accidental call. They called back.
The person who called was Tyler Mook. After the accidental phone call, he dialed again, apparently talking to his father.
During the conversation, 911 kept rolling as he talked about wanting to leave the state and possibly being arrested.
"But like I told Mom, they think... they know I want to stay in the United States. They can find me," Tyler Mook said. "I can live out in (inaudible). If they want to come arrest me with a warrant, all they got to do is come arrest me."
Next, Tyler Mook said Shelley Mook's burned out car was found the morning after she disappeared. It's unclear what car Tyler Mook was talking about in the 911 recordings.
Tyler Mook also talked about what an arson charge could mean in his custody case for his daughter.
"Something keeps bothering me about that car. Something keeps bothering me about that," Tyler Mook said. "It's just come to the fact that (my daughter) is going to be coming back to me and they're going to try to bust me with that. And right when they're in the (inaudible), come arrest me and say, 'Hey, we can't give (your daughter) back. No, we've got to take you in custody right now for arson.'"
Only one person really knows what Tyler Mook is talking about, and that is Tyler Mook.
Tyler Mook's attorney, David Raybin, said this call was made as he was fighting for his daughter.
"At the time of that conversation, we were in the middle of a heated custody fight where the plaintiff's lawyers were throwing everything at him they possibly could. We absolutely deny that he had anything to do with the disappearance of his wife or that car," Raybin said.
Twenty-two minutes and 18 seconds into the conversation, Tyler Mook realized what has happened and immediately hung up. He then called back immediately with a question.
"This is Tyler Mook. Did you get a call from this number a couple of minutes ago?" he asked.
"Yes, we had an open line from it," the dispatcher replied.
"What happens on that open line? Does it get recorded and stuff like that?" Tyler Mook asked.
Tyler Mook is currently in jail in Florida for allegedly trying to murder his new girlfriend. He does not face any charges in the Shelley Mook case.
Channel 4 asked the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation if the 911 calls are part of the Shelley Mook case. The TBI declined to comment.

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Two-State Terror Tyler Mook Charged with Attempted First Degree Murder: Tried to Drown Girlfriend Because She Wanted to Save the Manatees

Some handsome guys seem to have all the luck when it comes to attracting and seducing the lovely ladies…but sometimes these same handsome (sic) guys also seem to have a bad habit of trying to kill (or in some cases actually killing) these same lovely ladies when they piss them off (and as we’re all painfully aware, every man or woman who is involved in an intimate relationship succeeds in pissing off their beloved now and again).
A swinging dick named Tyler Mook, formerly of Tennessee and more recently a resident of Palm City, Florida, definitely fell into the first category (if the allegations hold any weight) when he attempted to drown his current lady, Robin Donech, in October of this year.
aaaa5Considering that he also seems to be a permanent “person of interest” in the disappearance (and probable death) of his ex-wife, Shelley Mook, who was last seen at his Tennessee home in February of 2011, he may also conceivably fall into the second category of the handsome guy who actually succeeds in killing his lady and — rarity of rarities — gets away with it.
The ex-husband of a missing Tennessee teacher is now facing an attempted murder charge involving his new girlfriend.
Tyler Mook, 34, is accused of trying to kill Robin Donech in October by pushing her off a boat in Florida and trying to drown her.
His ex-wife, Shelley Mook, disappeared in February 2011 – her burnt out car was found the day she went missing near Murfreesboro, reports The Tennessean.
aaaa18Shelley Mook, who as the photographs attest, was (is?) a very attractive woman, was last seen at YOU GUESSED IT Tyler’s house where she had taken their 6-year-old daughter, presumably because Tyler had visiting rights.
Although the authorities have long had their suspicions that Tyler may have killed poor Shelley, they apparently have not been able to gather sufficient evidence to charge him or take it before the grand jury which is why he is a mere “person of interest” rather than a “suspect.”
aaaa2Like any dude who may or may not have a murder hanging over his head, Tyler decided that the grass was greener (and the water was bluer) in good old Florida and relocated there sometime after things had cooled down a bit in Murfreesboro.
In Palm City, Tyler caught the eye of the still surviving Robin Donech whose heart undoubtedly went pitter-patter pitter-patter thump thump thump at the sight of this Big Hunk and before long they were a regular item on the dating scene.
aaaa4It’s unclear whether Robin was aware that her Big Guy was a permanent “person of interest” in the Volunteer State based on the possibility that he may have killed his ex-wife. I imagine, though, that if she was aware, she somehow managed to rationalize it away and perhaps even felt great gobs of female sympathy for her allegedly wrongfully accused new boyfriend.
In any event, Tyler and Robin (whose picture is not available though I’d bet a 12-pack of Heinekin that she’s also a lovely lady) had been dating for two aaa19years when Tyler reportedly lost his temper over nothing and tried to drown her. (BTW, drowning is a form of murder that hadn’t jogged my pea-brain for a while and I bet you we will now have a spate of murders, or attempted murders, by drowning.)
Here’s what happened, “according to witnesses in a police report.”
Mook and Donech were on a boat with his brother, Andrew Mook, and his brother’s girlfriend, Nicole Gvajardo, when the incident occurred.
Donech had asked him to slow down in a manatee zone, which saw him fly into a rage, and triggered the attack, according to the report.
So let’s back off for just a moment to break this down. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commissiondescribes what happens if a boat hits a manatee, a peace-loving aquatic mammal which often reaches a length of 13 feet and weighs up to 1300 pounds:
aaaa11Approximately 25-30% of manatee deaths statewide are attributed to watercraft. In recent years, manatee deaths caused by blunt-force impacts (non-cutting) have outpaced manatee deaths caused by propeller cuts, with a small portion of the deaths/injuries attributed to both causes.
The faster a boat goes, the more force is applied to a “strike.” For instance, the force of a strike at 30 miles per hour is four times that of a strike at 15 miles per hour, all other factors being equal. If a watercraft strikes a manatee in the head, such as while the animal is taking a breath, the animal may die immediately. Strikes in other areas can result in acute injuries that quickly result in death but also can result in chronic injuries that linger for days, weeks, or longer before the manatee finally succumbs. Internal injuries, such as broken or dislocated ribs, can result in death from internal bleeding or infection.
aaaa12So it seems clear that Robin, who had presumably been in Florida a lot longer than our Big Hunk, very considerately didn’t want her boating party to injure or kill any innocent manatees (they are mostly vegetarians, after all) so she asked her BF to “slow the freak down,” perhaps politely, perhaps with some heat in her voice.
Tyler, bless his much-maligned soul, took umbrage at Robin’s request:
Tyler Mook tried to rip off the top of Donech’s bathing suit and then threw her into the water where he tried to keep her submerged, according to the report.
She managed to get free, but he immediately pushed her under again.
aaaa13Andrew Mook told investigators that when he saw Tyler attempt to hold Donech underwater, that he grabbed a water ‘noodle’ and jumped in after her. (For you landlubbers such as I, a water noodle is a cylindrical piece of polyethylene foam.)
So brave Andrew placed his demented brother in a choke hold, which forced him to release Robin.
Tyler, who is no doubt a regular water baby, then swam back to the boat, where he reportedly told Andrew’s girlfriend Nicole Gvajardo: “No one disrespects me in front of my family. I will kill her.”
This was not smart and clearly took a bad situation and made it that much worse.
aaaa15Our gallant knight Andrew, who apparently is perfectly capable of treading water while wearing chain mail, stayed in the water with the perhaps lucky to be alive Robin until a passing watercraft picked her up and whisked her to safety.
aaaa10Robin, who by this point was clearly peeved, flagged down a police officer at Sandsprit Park and told him her boyfriend tried to drown her “and would have succeeded” if a gallant knight in chain mail had not intervened.
Mook was originally arrested on domestic battery charges, but in the perhaps overly enthusiastic manners of so many prosecutors these days, the charges were soon upgraded to attempted first degree murder.
aaaa3Shelley Mook’s’ mother, Debra Sikora, is currently caring for Shelley’s daughter, who must now be about 9 years old. In response to Big Hunk’s attempted first-degree murder charge, Debra stated, choosing her words carefully and with laudable poetic flare:
‘I want the hurt to stop for those that have and are still affected by the acts of one person. Strength be to those who will stand and have their voices heard. It is by those voices that justice will come.
‘By those voices, healing can begin, closure can be sought and faith in others can be restored.’
aaaa9Big Hunk’s bond has been set at $100,000 and he is cooling his heels in the Martin County jail.
So all you ladies repeat after me: “I will not be taken in by the next handsome dude that comes along without running a background check on him before I let my guard down and let my heart go thump-thump-thump.” Ah, forget it! I know some of you will be taken in and a few of you will die because of it. That’s just the way it is…