Mystery as Shandle Riley who accused cops of bizarre 'baptism against will' to be let off traffic stop is found dead

A WOMAN who accused cops of baptizing her against her will following a traffic stop has been found dead.

Cops found the body of Shandle Marie Riley, 42, at a home in Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee on April 13.


Riley’s cause of death remains unknown at this time as officials at the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are awaiting autopsy results.

It’s not currently known if foul play was involved in her death as investigations continue, WTVC reported.

She accused Hamilton County Deputies Daniel Wilkey and Jacob Goforth of baptizing her after a traffic stop in February 2019.

Court documents from the time claim that Wilkey pulled Riley’s car over in the driveway of her friend’s home.

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Riley said she had been to a gas station and bought cigarettes and fuel.

The officer reportedly believed that she was in possession of methamphetamine.

The lawsuit alleged Wilkey searched Riley “unlawfully” after he instructed her to get out of her car.

Wilkey quizzed Riley, asking if she had anything illegal in her vehicle to which she replied a marijuana “roach”.

It was apparently hiding in a pack of cigarettes and she handed them to the officer, court documents say.

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Wilkey apparently asked Riley if she believed in Jesus.

The lawsuit claimed Wilkey told Riley “God was talking to him during the vehicle search and [he] felt the Lord wanted him to baptize the plaintiff.”

He apparently "felt the spirit at the time", according to the lawsuit.

Riley was reportedly told she would be issued a criminal citation for marijuana possession, rather than being sent to jail.

Legal documents say that Riley ordered to get towels that would be used for the so-called baptism and was instructed to follow Wilkey in his car.

The pair were joined by Goforth in Soddy Lake.

Wilkey allegedly told Riley that a witness was needed so the baptism could be legitimized.

Riley alleged that she felt “violated”, court documents claimed.

Wilkey admitted baptizing a woman he arrested in February 2019, court filings obtained by WTVC.

He claimed she asked him to do it as a way of “turning her life away from drug abuse and crime”.

In his ruling, Judge Travis McDonough said: “There is no indication in the record that either officer understood or intended the baptism as anything but an exercise of faith and religion.

“Any reasonable observer would conclude that the effort of the baptism was an unequivocal endorsement of Christianity.”

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Meanwhile, Riley pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a controlled substance.

She was given a suspended sentence and probation.


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