NASHVILLE – An ongoing investigation by Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, working alongside the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office and the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, has resulted in additional charges for a Summertown man in connection to the death of his former girlfriend.

At the request of 21st District Attorney General Kim Helper, TBI Special Agents joined the investigation into the welfare of Britney Nicole Pigg and her six-month-old child on August 26th, after Pigg missed a previously scheduled paternity hearing in Lawrence County involving her ex-boyfriend, Shane Vernon Shirley. During the course of the investigation, Agents found the body of the 25-year-old in her car on property belonging to Shirley’s uncle in the 500 block of Drakes Lane in Summertown. Authorities later found the child unharmed at the home of an acquaintance of Shirley’s current girlfriend.

The investigation later revealed Pigg met with Shirley at his home, in the 100 block of Hannah Road in Summertown, the night before the paternity hearing and subsequently revealed Shirley as the individual responsible for Pigg’s death. Authorities arrested Shirley on August 27th and booked him into the Lewis County Jail.

On Monday, the Lewis County Grand Jury returned indictments in connection to the case, charging the 23-year-old with one count of First Degree Murder, one count of Abuse of a Corpse, one count of False Report, and one count of Tampering with or Fabricating Evidence. He is currently being held in the Lewis County Jail on $500,000 bond.

Shane Shirley