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UPSHUR CO. OFFICIALS: Wife of suspect calls 911 after alleged fatal shooting of ETX woman

UPSHUR CO. OFFICIALS: Wife of suspect calls 911 after alleged fatal shooting of ETX woman

POSTED: Friday, September 27, 2013 - 5:44pm

UPDATED: Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 11:56am

One man was arrested after allegedly shooting and killing a woman, Thursday night, in the parking lot of the Gilmer High School gymnasium.

Jonathan Ray Shepherd, 33, was taken into custody early Friday morning and charged with the murder of Cheyenne Green, 29.

According to the murder complaint filed by the 115th Judicial District Court in Upshur County, at the time of the football game at Gilmer ISD, 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 Upshur County 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. She then spotted Green laying in a pool of blood and called 911.

Authorities say 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 grandparent was interviewed by law enforcement and said her granddaughter had been in a heated custody battle with Shepherd over their son.

The child is safe and in the custody of family members.

Green's employer, Gregg Industrial Insulators, spoke with KETK and gave the following statement:

The owners, management and employees of Gregg Industrial Insulators, Inc., are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Cheyenne Green. Cheyenne was a loyal employee for Gregg Industrial Insulators for over two years. She will be greatly missed by everyone who worked with and knew her. Our thoughts and prayers are with her son and family during this most difficult time.

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