Inman has never been charged in the case. However, a letter obtained by Shelton during legal discovery suggests that Inman and the bank conspired regarding the check.
“You are a dumb f**,” the letter started. “I helped you ruin Neil and now I want to be payed (sic) every month.”
Shelton received the letter during the discovery process for one of the crimes he was charged with.
Shelton then hired North Carolina lawyer Jack Bayliss. Shelton wanted to settle with Surrey Bank and to close the incident. Bayliss sent a letter to the Mount Airy Police Department on August 29, 2011, saying “I have serious concerns about the conduct of the Mount Airy Police Department with regard to the treatment of Mr. Shelton.” The letter further says, “There was absolutely no credible evidence of criminal misconduct on the part of Mr. Shelton that would support the charges brought against him by the MAPD.”
Bayliss didn’t respond to an email for comment.
Shelton and Surrey Bank reached a settlement for an undisclosed amount shortly after Bayliss sent the letter. All criminal charges against Shelton were eventually dismissed or withdrawn.
Calls to Surrey Bank, Mount Airy Police Department, and Surrey County District Attorney’s Office were left unreturned.
Two years later, on May 21, 2012, Shelton said his wife kicked him out of the house.
Shelton says he did not have access to a bank account or any financial support. His wife gave him $100 and told him to find his own way. Shelton slept in the office of a nightclub he owned in town.
Exactly a week later, Shelton’s wife filed a restraining order against him. According to her complaint, she filed the order after Shelton attempted to enter the marital home without permission. Shelton denied the claim, saying he was with a friend from the county sheriff’s office, Tim Snow.
The court ignored Shelton’s statement and granted the restraining order, forbidding him to be near his wife and three children.
Over the course of a single day, Shelton was involuntarily committed twice at the behest of his ex-wife, only to be let go both times when the treating doctor found him competent. He was arrested later the same day for criminal trespassing after his wife complained he had illegally entered her premises. He was later found not guilty of that charge as well.
Shelton said he was arrested six times for purportedly violating this and other restraining orders during the course of his divorce. He was acquitted each time. On one occasion, Shelton spent two days in jail, which caused him to miss the deadline to file a counter to the divorce decree.
Shelton believes he was the victim of a well-orchestrated silver bullet technique.