Man accused of killing wife, in-laws being held without bail

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PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – The man accused of killing his wife and three in-laws is being held on no bond in Pinellas County.

Shelby John Nealy, also known as Shelby Svensen, was finally extradited to the Pinellas County Jail from Ohio this weekend to face capital murder charges.

The 25-year-old appeared in front of a judge Sunday morning, who appointed him public defenders and ordered that he be held on no bond.

Nealy is charged with three counts of first-degree murder, three counts of aggravated cruelty to animals and one theft of grand theft auto.

He is accused of killing 71-year-old Richard Ivancic, his 59-year-old wife Laura Ann Ivancic and their 25-year-old son Nicholas James Ivancic sometime before Christmas Eve 2018, in Tarpon Springs. 

Nealy is also accused of killing his wife, 21-year-old Jamie Ivancic. Her body was found buried in a yard at a home in Pasco County several days after her family was found dead.

Richard, Laura and Nicholas Ivancic were found dead in their home on Juanita Way in Tarpon Springs on New Year’s Day during a welfare check. Police also found three small dogs dead in the home.

When Tarpon Springs police responded to the mobile home they found it “ransacked and in complete disarray,” according to court documents. An officer says he found the bodies of Laura and Richard Ivancic wrapped in area rugs and Nicholas Ivancic’s body wrapped in a painter’s drop cloth.

Police later found Nealy in Ohio by tracking down Laura Ivancic’s stolen car. 

According to court documents, Nealy admitted during an interview with police that he killed his wife Jamie about a year ago in Pasco County. The documents say that Nealy told authorities he moved to Texas after killing her and used her phone to keep in contact with her parents, pretending to be her.

Detectives say Nealy told them he went to Tarpon Springs to kill Jamie’s family when they started to get suspicious that they hadn’t heard their daughter’s voice. 

Court documents say Nealy killed Richard first when just the two of them were in the home by hitting him in the head several times with a hammer. Detectives say he killed Laura with the same hammer when she returned home. After the killings, detectives say Nealy wrapped the bodies in area rugs and put them in the bedroom.

According to detectives, Nealy killed Nicholas last by hitting him in the head with a hammer while he slept on the couch and then covered his body with a painter’s drop cloth.

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