Authorities in Texas reported Thursday the arrest of a second suspect in connection with the alleged murder of a teenager last weekend. According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO), 24-year-old Chelsea Ann-Marie Shipp was detained about 3:40 a.m. at her Liberty Hill apartment, which is more than a four-hour drive from the Beaumont crime site.
Early allegations in the case are disturbing, indicating that suspects desired the young victim’s death, believing that the male defendant would face consequences for being “potentially pregnant” at the age of 16.
The JCSO stated that its deputies arrested Shipp in the early morning hours in connection with the murder of 16-year-old Katelynn Nicole Stone of Vidor, Texas. On Sunday, March 27, Stone was found fatally shot “at a house in the 14000 block of Kolb’s Corner in West Jefferson County, Texas.”
The Jcso Stated That the Victim’s Family Has Been Notified of Her Death and Expressed Gratitude
“We appreciate the numerous tips and help provided by the public through Crime Stoppers,” the sheriff’s office said on Facebook. “The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office would also like to express our appreciation to the Chambers County District Attorney Investigators, Chambers County Sheriff’s Office, Galveston County Sheriff’s Office, Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, and Liberty Hill Police Department for their professionalism and assistance during this investigation.”
According to a Probable Cause Document, a Female Named Brandy Moon Initially Informed Investigators of Stone’s Death
The witness stated that she encountered Shipp last summer while working for a beach home cleaning service. Moon stated that Shipp worked as a supervisor. Shipp called the witness on Friday night, March 25, and asked if she could come over with Cody Arnold — her accused accomplice — and a person Shipp allegedly portrayed as Arnold’s girlfriend.
According to the affidavit, Moon stated that Arnold and two females visited the residence for “ten or fifteen minutes” on Friday night; Arnold was alleged to be “seeing both of the women.”
Moon stated that Shipp called her the following day and asked if she could use her car because she needed to attend to “some business.” Moon stated that she permitted Shipp to use her car but realized something was wrong by Sunday morning.
Shipp allegedly returned the following morning with Moon’s car, and according to the witness, something appeared to be worrying the defendant.
“Hey, don’t forget if anyone asks, I was with you in Baytown and Cody had your car,” Moon reported Shipp saying repeatedly.
Additionally, the affidavit stated that Moon “[k]new Chelsea to do meth” and that she believed the defendant’s inquiries concerning the presence of a phone in the residence had anything to do with drug use.
Shipp Then Acknowledged, According to the Witness, “I Got Rid of Her” and “I Shot Her.”
“Chelsea made a shooting motion with two fingers as if she were firing a gun and lowered her thumb twice as if firing a gun,” the docs continued.
“He requested me to handle a situation and explained why he needs to do what he needs to do,” Shipp allegedly stated.
According to the affidavit, Moon informed her father-in-law, the Chambers County Constable, about Shipp’s remarks. The JCSO then became involved in the inquiry and interrogated Cody Lee Smith, Brandy Moon’s nephew.
Smith allegedly informed cops that Shipp confessed to shooting a female, requested assistance in transporting the body, and even revealed the manner in which the victim was slain.
Shipp’s arrest came just days after her alleged accomplice Cody Arnold, 22, was arrested. According to the affidavit, the victim’s body was discovered at Arnold’s apartment.
“The body’s upper half was wrapped in a black rubbish bag, while the lower half was wrapped in a blanket,” the docs stated. “A shell casing was seen on a pillow.”
Arnold was arrested by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and booked into the Jefferson County Correctional Facility shortly before 5 a.m. on Monday on a murder charge. He remains jailed on a $1,000,000 bond.
Shipp has arrived at the Jefferson County Correctional Facility from Williamson County, Law&Crime can confirm. Tuesday afternoon, she was arrested and her bond was likewise set at $1,000,000.
The JCSO did not mention a possible motive for the shooting in its statement announcing Shipp’s arrest, but the affidavit stated that Arnold admitted to being “potentially pregnant” after being read his Miranda rights and that Shipp was the one who pulled the trigger.