ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Just minutes ago, a Clayton jury suggested convicted murderer Todd Shepard be sentenced to life without parole for the 2008 murder of University City Police Sgt. Michael King.
The jury deliberated for about an hour this morning after eight hours of deliberation yesterday in coming to the decision of sparing Shepard’s life.
KMOX reports that Shepard lashed out at Prosecutor Bob McColloch as he left the courtroom, calling him a “punkass” and a homophobic slur.
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CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOX) – Against the advice of his attorneys, and his brother who yelled out, “Todd don’t do this” convicted police officer murderer Todd Shepard testified during the penalty phase of his trial today.
KMOX’s Kevin Killeen reports that when Prosecutor Bob McCulloch asked Shepard if he had any regrets, Shepard said, “Only for the pain I caused the families.” But when asked about the killing of University City Police Sgt. Michael King, Shepard answered in a loud and strident voice, “No, no, no, no regrets. It felt good.”
Earlier today, Shepard’s sister Sarah Henderson broke down on the witness stand as she asked the jury to spare Shepard’s life.
“I just ask that you don’t sentence him to death,” Henderson sobbed.
This morning Shepard lashed out at McCulloch cursing him in a loud voice as McCulloch pointed towards Shepard to make some point.
“Stop pointing at me you Mother F***!” Shepard said.
Psychiatrist Dr. Robert Phillis testified for the defence, arguing that Shepard is psychotic and his delusions of being a revolutionary lead him to kill Sgt. King on Halloween night in 2008.
Prosecutor McCulloch tried to make the point in cross-examination that a revolutionary can be zealous without being delusional.
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