CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOX) — A jury has found Todd Shepard guilty of first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of University City police Sgt. Michael King.
The jury deliberated for only a half an hour Thursday afternoon.
While the verdict was read aloud in court Shepard showed no emotion.
The case now moves to the penalty phase, in which the jury will hear from friends, family members, and a psychiatrist.
Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch has called for a death sentence.
CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOX) — Accused cop killer Todd Shepard takes the witness stand Thursday and delivers an unapologetic, strident confession to the 2008 Halloween shooting of University City Sgt. Michael King.
Shepard had been heard saying he killed King in hopes of “starting a revolution.”
This morning on the witnesses stand he described how he shot King saying in a loud voice “boom, boom, boom,” five times.
St Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch asked Shepard if it was his purpose to kill King that night. “Yes,” said Shepard. “I was looking for a white officer.”
During his sometimes rambling testimony on the witness stand Shepard called McCulloch a “cracker,” and said if he had another hundred rounds that night he would have kept shooting.
“And you were cool about this?” McCulloch asked.
“I was cool, calm and deliberate” Shepard said.
It is not clear whether Shepard’s court appointed public defenders wanted Shepard to take the witness stand or if he demanded it.
Earlier this week Shepard looked pleased as his jail house letters of starting a revolution were read out loud.
If convicted of first degree murder Shepard could face the death penalty.
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