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Accused family murderer Shelby Nealy set for trial in Pinellas

The trial, set for November 2020, is scheduled for four months after he stands trial for murder in Pasco County.
Shelby Nealy, now 26, is set to stand trial on three murder charges in Pinellas County next year. [[TIMES (2018)] | [Times (2018)]]
Published Oct. 7
Updated Oct. 7

LARGO — Shelby Nealy is set to stand trial in Pinellas County on Nov. 10, 2020 in the killing of his ex-wife’s family.

That date, set at a Monday hearing, is four months after his trial date in Pasco County in the killing of his ex-wife, Jamie Ivancic.

Nealy, now 26, is accused of killing Ivancic, 21, in January 2018, burying her in the yard of the Port Richey home they once shared. Nealy then tried to cover it up, investigators said, by posing as her in text messages to her family. Until Ivancic’s family began to see through the scheme.

Prosecutors say Nealy drove to her parents’ home in Tarpon Springs on Dec. 15 and bludgeoned her father, Richard Ivancic, 71; mother Laura Ivancic, 59; and 25-year-old brother, Nicholas Ivancic, with a hammer.

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Nealy is standing trial for each incident separately. His trial in Pasco, where he faces one count of first-degree murder, is set for July 20, 2020. He does not face the death penalty in that case.

He does face the death penalty in Pinellas, where he is charged with three counts of first-degree murder.

Defense attorney Allison Miller reiterated to Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Joseph Bulone on Monday that Nealy has offered to plead guilty to all four murder in exchange for four life sentences. Prosecutors have not taken that deal.

At Monday’s hearing, Assistant State Attorney Elizabeth Zuroweste asked Bulone if he had read a letter Nealy wrote Aug. 5 in which he seemed to say disparaging things about Miller.

“Do you want to file a motion to dismiss counsel?” Bulone asked Nealy.

“No your honor," he said.

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