MJ man charged in murder


A Mt. Juliet man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his wife that occurred on June 30.

 Troy Lynn Fox, 47, remained in the Wilson County Jail yesterday under $500,000 bond. He is charged in the death of his wife, Shelley Allen Fox, 47.

Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe said authorities responded to a call that came from 911 that said Mrs. Fox had fallen down a flight of stairs at the home at 105 Dogwood Hills Court, Mt. Juliet.

When investigators arrived and medical personnel with Wilson Emergency Management Association, they found that Mrs. Fox was deceased.

Ashe said investigators “found some inconsistencies in statements and inconsistencies with injuries” to Mrs. Fox that led them to send the body to the medical examiner’s office in Nashville for an autopsy.

The medical examiner ruled that Mrs. Fox died of blunt force trauma. Ashe noted the M.E. said her injuries could not have occurred during a fall.

That information, he said, led investigators to interview Mr. Fox which resulted in him being charged in her death.

The couple’s two children, a 2-week-old baby and a 5-year-old, are with family members, Ashe said.

He added that the couple has had domestic issues in the past with deputies called to the home about two years ago on a complaint.

“This has been going on for some time,” Ashe said, adding that Mr. Fox “did give a partial statement, and that with the information from the medical examiner” led to his arrest.

Ashe said the case was a good example of what experienced investigators can do in following inconsistencies. “It could have slipped through the cracks.”

He said he was proud of his investigators and noted the help received from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Mrs. Fox was a medical technologist at University Medical Center.

Editor Jennifer Horton may be contacted at news@wilsonpost.com.