Aurora’s Mackey accused of murder in Republic slaying

Steve Chapman

Shane Mackey

Suspect has long history of domestic violence
An Aurora man is currently being held in the Greene County Jail after being charged in the death of a Republic woman. Shane Mackey, 46, is a suspect in the death of Racheal Sanders.
At the scene of the alleged crime:
According to the probable cause statement in the case, a Republic police officer came to Sanders’ residence on Monday, Nov. 9, to perform a well being check. When he arrived, the officer found the screen door was closed, but the front door was open, and looking inside, could see the house was in disarray.
The officer opened the screen door, announced his presence, and entered the residence. He saw blood on the floor of the kitchen and living room, broken glass on the floor, broken furniture and couches torn apart. According to the probable cause statement, “It looked like there was a struggle in the living room and the kitchen.”
The officer then heard a man, later identified as Mackey, shout “Back here.”
The officer entered the master bedroom, where he saw blood on the carpet, walls, bedsheets and door. Sanders was lying on her back with her fists clenched “in what appeared to be a defensive position.”
The officer saw Mackey performing CPR on Sanders; he ordered Mackey to leave the room and call EMS. Observing Sanders, the officer noticed bruising on her arms, hands, chest, neck and head. There were also multiple lacerations on Sanders face and head, near the hairline. The officer checked Sanders for a pulse, but found none.

 The officer detained Mackey, who allegedly claimed Sanders came home “like that” and would not go to the hospital. According to the probable cause statement, Mackey had numerous injuries on his body as well, including scratches on the right side of his face, right shoulder, upper-right chest, the left side of his chest and the left of his hip. He also had lacerations on both of his hands, redness on both of his wrists and other injuries.
In the probable cause statement, the officer who arrived first on the scene noted, “Almost every room in the residence had blood on the carpet, walls, doors and door frames. There was also furniture either broken or out of place in almost every room.”
Mackey’s statement:
When Mackey was questioned about the events leading up to Sanders’ death, he stated that they went to eat at a local restaurant on the night of Sunday, Nov. 8. He said Sanders decided to leave, and he couldn’t find her. Because he didn’t have keys to the vehicle they arrived in, he said, he walked to the house, a distance of about two miles. When he arrived at the house, he said, he found Sanders standing in the kitchen, bloody, and the house in disarray. He said he asked her about what happened, but she would not tell him anything.
Mackey said he tried to get Sanders to go to the hospital, but she wouldn’t because she didn’t have insurance. He said Sanders then tried to sleep in the bed, but would go to the floor in front of the bed back and forth through the night. He said he was dozing in and out of sleep during the night, and would periodically check on her.
At 4:30 a.m., Mackey said, Sanders asked for a glass of water. He said she drank some, and he put the glass on the nightstand by the bed. At 5 a.m., he said, he checked on her found she was dead.
Regarding his injuries, Mackey said some were work related, and others happened when he tried to help Sanders into the bathtub to clean up.
According to the probable cause statement, Mackey gave multiple inconsistent statements while on the scene and during his interview. The officer who responded to the scene said he asked multiple times if Sanders was okay, despite having performed CPR on her. But, during the interview, he said he knew she was deceased. He also told dispatch and the officer on scene that Sanders was sick the night before as a possible explanation of events. He also said in the interview that Sanders took pain pills and asked if an overdose could be a possible explanation.
Past events:
It was not the first time police were called to a disturbance between Mackey and Sanders. According to the probable cause statement, on Aug. 7, officers responded to a reported domestic disturbance. At that time, Sanders told police that she and Mackey had been drinking, and that Mackey became “belligerent and verbally abusive.” Mackey reportedly left for the night.
The probable cause statement also said Mackey had seven arrests between 2002 and 2013 for domestic assault.
Mackey faces one count of second-degree murder. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of life in prison, without parole.


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