Bond reduction denied for accused ETX murderer
POSTED: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - 1:09pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - 6:01pm
Tyler, Texas (KETK) —
The bond reduction request has been denied for the suspect who is accused of killing his son's mother at Gilmer football game.
The Tuesday morning hearing was canceled upon receiving word 115th Judcial District Judge Lauren Parish signed an order denying Jonathan Ray Shepherd's request for bond reduction.
Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd increased the charges against Shepherd on October 10, 2013, from murder to capital murder by terror threat or other felony after evidence reportedly revealed the suspect was trying to kidnap Cheyenne Green when she was shot.
Under the new charges, Shepherd faces life in prison or the death penalty.
Shepherd allegedly shot Green, the mother of his son, at point-blank range during a football game on the Gilmer ISD campus in September. He was indicted November 25, 2013, and is being held in the Upshur County Jail on $1,000,000 bond.
According to the murder complaint filed by the 115th Judicial District Court in Upshur County, at the time of the football game, Shepherd left his wife, Suzzane Bates, from whom he is separated, in the stands to go to the parking lot and hand his two-year-old son back to the mother of the child, Green. A witness told officials he pulled up next to Shepherd's car as he was arguing with Green over their son.
Minutes later, Bates received a phone call from Shepherd saying he had done something bad and "could not take it anymore." He told Bates that Green was dead and he had killed her. Shepherd then informed Bates she could find Green's car running with the lights on in the parking lot and to go get his son from the backseat of the car. Bates found the car exactly where Shepherd said she would, then took the boy out of the car. As she pulled the toddler from the car, she spotted Green laying in a pool of blood and called 911.
Authorities tell KETK, Todd Cain, 33, who is Shepherd's best friend, got a phone call from Shepherd where he admitted to killing Green and he couldn't believe he did it. He also said he was looking for a place to hide and hinted at killing himself. Green's grandmother was interviewed by law enforcement and said her granddaughter had been in a heated custody battle with Shepherd over their son.
KETK will continue to update information on this case as it is released.