A NEW TV special will follow five unusual deaths allegedly linked to a former defense attorney.
CBS News’ popular television series 48 Hours explores compelling and often unsolved true American crime stories.
The show airs regularly every Saturday night at 10 p.m. on CBS, but it was announced that December 17 would have a double-broadcast at 9 a.m. and in the normal allotted timeslot.
It will hold the mysteries surrounding former Texas defense attorney Catherine Shelton as she has allegedly been linked to five separate deaths since 1979.
The show is reportedly set to feature an exclusive interview between Shelton and journalist Jenna Jackson as she seeks to uncover information about why bad things seem to be happening to some men in Shelton’s life.
With the help of defense attorney Brian Benken and former prosecutor Lisa Andrews, CBS News compiled a relative timeline of the deaths and Shelton’s suspicious history ahead of the double film.
In the late 1970s, Shelton and a Houston anesthesiologist, George Tedesco, had reportedly been dating for some time.
However, after the two pulled out of the relationship, Shelton allegedly sued Tedesco, claiming they were married “common law,” meaning she would have rights to half of Tedesco’s fortune.
Shelton and Tedesco were due to appear in court to settle the dispute, but the latter was found beaten to death in his garage later that day.
Investigators identified a tire lever as the murder weapon.
After Tedesco’s death, before the crime scene was demolished, Shelton allegedly broke into the victim’s home to retrieve the property she claimed was hers.
Shelton later admitted that she took a TV, pottery, $140, her driver’s license and an antique sword.
Tedesco’s family reportedly filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Shelton, but it didn’t even make it to court.
Not long after the Tedesco situation, Houston reporter Gary Taylor, who usually covered court cases in 1979, had a relationship with Shelton.
According to Taylor, he tried to break up with Shelton just weeks later, but claimed she got “angry” and allegedly even left a gun by her bed at one point.
Taylor then decided to go to some friends at the DA’s office, who were reportedly still investigating Tedesco’s murder.
Taylor and a roommate reportedly tried to secretly record Shelton, but she found out.
Then, in early 1980, Taylor’s home suffered a burglary.
Shelton didn’t say she was responsible, but Taylor said she allegedly told him he could get his stuff back if he came to her house.
Taylor claimed Shelton then lured him into a closet and tried to shoot him, initially missing him.
He then ran down the hall and was shot in the back before police arrived.
Taylor survived and Shelton was arrested, but claimed to have defended herself when Taylor allegedly threw a chair at her to escape.
2. Tom Bell
After a complicated trial and an overturned conviction in her and Taylor’s case, Shelton reportedly got away with only aggravated assault charges and probation.
Shortly thereafter, in May 1980, the second death occurred in Shelton’s environment.
Tommy Bell, a former client of Shelton’s, was found shot dead in his home.
Bell was allegedly named with Shelton in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by George Tedesco’s family.
However, Bell’s roommate reportedly told law enforcement that he had been playing Russian roulette with the gun alone in his bedroom.
Nothing further was investigated in relation to Shelton.
3. Chris Hansen
In 1988, after moving to Dallas and marrying Clint Shelton in 1981, Catherine was allowed to practice law again after the situation with Taylor.
After some time, it became a suspicion again in 1999 with the death of Shelton’s former client, Chris Hansen.
She had reportedly helped out Hansen by doing some immigration work for him, according to CBS News.
Originally from Canada, Hansen came to the United States and began some construction work at Shelton’s new home.
In June 1999, Hansen was allegedly found hanged naked in the home where he worked.
Reports from local newspapers around the time of his death allegedly attributed it to an accident, citing autoerotic asphyxiation as responsible.
The fourth Shelton-related death was Michael Hierro, whose wife Marisa used to work for Shelton’s law firm.
Hierro has reportedly left to start her own immigration consulting business, which Shelton is said to have been very unhappy about.
She claimed Shelton once threatened her life and ended up fearing for her safety because of what she knew about Hansen.
Hierro also said she knew Hansen, and about a month before his death he allegedly confided in her about a conflict with Shelton.
In December 1999, Hierro and her husband Michael were returning home in their car when two masked gunmen opened fire.
Michael was killed and Hierro was shot in the arm.
Hierro reportedly told law enforcement Shelton was responsible when she recognized her voice ordering the larger masked man where to shoot.
Police later found a mask made of pantyhose near the scene, which reportedly contained the DNA of Shelton’s husband, Clint.
He was arrested in February 2000 and charged with murder and aggravated assault and claimed to be innocent.
Catherine was allegedly never charged in connection.
Years after the situation with Marisa and Michael Hierro, in August 2017, a 70-year veteran named Sam Shelton was reportedly living in the same house as Catherine.
Although the two reportedly have no relationship, according to Catherine, Sam was not well and she took care of him.
Then Hurricane Harvey hit Houston and Catherine claimed Sam died of natural causes at her home.
Things only became uncertain after Catherine signed Sam’s name on a lease to rent another home.
However, Catherine is said to have claimed good intentions as she was reportedly trying to get a new home for Sam’s nurse and family after they lost their home in the hurricane.
Despite this, she has reportedly been charged with a felony charge of fraudulent use of identifying information and will appear in court this summer.
Ahead of the December 17 double feature on CBS, Shelton Jackson has said that despite the timing of events, she has never killed another person.
“I’ve never killed a human being … I’ve never paid anyone to kill a human being, promised anyone I would pay them to kill another human being, offered anyone anything of value,” Shelton said.
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