Jimmy McClain, Dwayne Moore: Stepson Who Murdered Beloved Coach, Pastor, In Cordova, Tennessee, Spotlighted On ‘Nightmare Next Door’

Jimmy McClain, the coach and pastor who was shot dead by his stepson, Dwayne Moore, will have his case aired on Nightmare Next Door. Jimmy McClain was gunned down in his Cordova, Tennessee, home three years ago. The murder rocked the town of Cordova and left students at Ridgeway High School devastated. The Nightmare Next Door episode that will feature Jimmy McClain’s story is called “Only the Good.” For the murder of his stepfather, Dwayne Moore, is currently serving a 22-year sentence in prison.

Nightmare Next Door: “Only the Good”

When a Tennessee high school coach goes missing, detectives make a grisly discovery, and the investigation will send detectives down a blazing trail, which leads them to a killer in the family.

February 2013: Cordova Coach Found Dead

Jimmy McClain loved coaching his basketball team at Ridgeway High School, and on weekends, he enjoyed writing and serving as pastor at his favorite church in Benton, Arkansas. Like clockwork, he’d make the drive from Tennessee to Arkansas to share some encouraging words of praise with his congregants. But authorities say that someone snuffed the life out of the pastor and silenced him forever.

According to The Cabin, It wasn’t like Jimmy McClain to miss work or to miss phone calls from his loved ones. Worried family members contacted police, who came out to the scene to do a welfare check. When they arrived at the Cordova Club home, they made a grisly discovery.

Forty-nine-year-old Jimmy McClain was lying on the floor with multiple gunshot wounds to the body. An autopsy report conducted on the victim showed that someone had put a bullet in his head. Tennessee Court records provide more detail.

“Dr. Erica Curry, the forensic pathologist who performed the autopsy of the victim‟s body, testified that the cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds and the manner of death was homicide. The victim had thirteen distant gunshots wounds to his head and torso, which included seven entrance wounds and six exit wounds. The victim was shot in the back of the head, in both sides of his neck, in the shoulder, in the back, and twice in the face, with one of the bullets having lodged in his chin.”

Investigators say there was no sign of forced entry, and it didn’t appear as though a struggle had taken place. Police alleged that McClain had been ambushed or taken by surprise when he was killed.

Family members were able to provide clues pointing to Jimmy McClain’s stepson, Dwayne Moore. The 19-year-old teen had lived with McClain off and on over the years, but didn’t seem to like him. The relationship between the stepfather and stepson was particularly contentious since Jimmy McClain wanted a divorce from Dwayne Moore’s mother, Carla.

Detectives learned through their investigation that Jimmy McClain was happy in the days leading up to his murder. He was ready to put the drama in that relationship behind. Plus, he had a new lover that he had been seeing for the last several months. Authorities say he met the woman in church and planned to move forward with her.


However, Jimmy McClain’s sister told police that her brother was fearful that Dwayne Moore or someone on that side of the family would do him harm. The investigation shifted into full gear when police received a tip that Dwayne Moore could be seen in a photo holding up a gun that could be the murder weapon. The murder weapon was eventually located in the home of an acquaintance. Dwayne Moore was charged with murder.

Before Jimmy McClain died, he was in the process of writing a book and a screenplay, according to his obituary found at Arkansas Online.

“Jimmy Fitzgerald McClain was born to Charles Henry and Jim Ella McClain in Lundell, Ark. Mr. McClain graduated from Elaine High School in Elaine, Ark. and went on to receive a BBA in Marketing from the University of Arkansas at Conway. He also held a MBA degree in Management from Strayer University. Basketball was one of his passions. Jimmy excelled as a member of his college Basketball team and played professional basketball for 7 1/2 years. He was the assistant Boys’ Basketball Coach at Ridgeway High School in Memphis, Tenn. He was also a Business teacher at Ridgeway High where his students loved him dearly.”

Watch Nightmare Next Door on Investigation Discovery this Friday at 10/9 p.m. Central.

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