Two suspects will now face trial in connection with a Tecumseh police officer's death, and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Byron Shepard, 36.
Two suspects will now face trial in connection with a Tecumseh police officer's death and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Byron Shepard, 36.
In a packed courtroom, seven witnesses testified Thursday as the preliminary hearing for both suspects charged in connection with the March homicide of Tecumseh Police Officer Justin Terney was held in Pottawatomie County District Court.
Terney was shot during a traffic stop on March 26 and died the next morning from his wounds.
Shepard was charged with first-degree murder, and Brooklyn Danielle Williams, 23, was charged with second-degree murder.
Shepard was Williams’ passenger on the night of a March 26 traffic stop. He is accused of causing the death of Officer Terney by inflicting mortal wounds when firing a Springfield XD semi-automatic 9 mm pistol into the abdomen and leg of the officer during the traffic stop.
During a preliminary hearing, the judge determines if there is enough evidence for cases to proceed to trial.
Special District Judge David Cawthon ruled sufficient evidence for both defendants. Williams will be bound over for trial on the second-degree murder charge. Shepard also was bound over on the first-degree murder charge and two other counts.
Right after the judge announced his decision, District Attorney Richard Smothermon presented Shepard and his attorney will a Bill of Particulars showing his intent to seek the death penalty in this case.
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