Upshur County: Man indicted for capital murder in fatal shooting

Published on Wednesday, 27 November 2013 12:11 - Written by By Phillip Williams Special Correspondent

GILMER -- An Upshur County Grand Jury has indicted Jonathan Ray Shepherd on a capital murder charge in connection with the Sept. 26 shooting of a woman in the Gilmer High School parking lot, District Attorney Billy Byrd's office said today.

Shepherd, 32, of Gilmer, remained in county jail under $1 million bond following Monday's indictment on charges of killing 29-year-old Cheyenne Green of Gilmer. District Attorney Billy Byrd said Wednesday he hasn't yet decided whether he will seek the death penalty for the suspect, who under state law must receive either lethal injection or life imprisonment without parole if convicted of capital murder.

"The trial date will be decided later as we have two other capital cases ahead of it along with two regular murders (cases) still pending," Byrd said.

Ms. Green was shot multiple times during a nighttime Gilmer-Gladewater junior high football game at nearby Buckeye Stadium. Court records indicated the small son of her and Shepherd was present at the time, and Shepherd turned himself in to Gilmer police.

Police have attributed the motive for the shooting to domestic violence, as the couple had reportedly been in a heated custody battle. Shepherd had reportedly been with his wife at the football game, and was returning the boy to Ms. Green in a planned exchange.

Shepherd was originally charged with murder, but the charge was later upgraded to capital murder.