A special session jury term originally scheduled this summer for Byron James Shepard, the defendant charged in the fatal shooting of Tecumseh Police Officer Justin Terney, has been stricken from the docket and postponed, although a new trial date hasn't been scheduled for him.

A special session jury term originally scheduled this summer for Byron James Shepard, the defendant charged in the fatal shooting of Tecumseh Police Officer Justin Terney, has been stricken from the docket and postponed, although a new trial date hasn't been scheduled for him.

The special session jury trial specifically for this case was scheduled to begin June 18 for Shepard, 36, who is charged with first-degree murder in the officer's death.

But recent filings in Shepard's case, to allow the defense more time to prepare for trial, were filed, resulting in the case being stricken from the June docket, said First Assistant District Attorney Adam Panter.

Shepard remains jailed without bond in the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center and waived his right to a speedy trial as a result of the latest proceedings, court records show.

He is now scheduled to appear in court during a status conference scheduled in August, but it's unclear yet when his new jury trial could be scheduled.

According to prosecutors, the jury trial in that case could last two full weeks considering District Attorney Richard Smothermon has filed a Bill of Particulars seeking the death penalty upon conviction in this case.

In that filing, Smothermon says Shepard meets five of eight aggravating circumstances that warrant the death penalty, including having previous felony convictions, committing a murder to avoid arrest, being a threat to society and the fact that Terney was a peace officer in the performance of his duties.

Officer Terney, 22, died March 27, 2017 from gunshot wounds he suffered in an alleged shootout with Shepard, a passenger who allegedly fled from a traffic stop.

The driver of the vehicle in that stop, Brooklyn Danielle Williams, 23, is charged with second-degree murder in this case. She appeared in Pottawatomie County District Court Tuesday and has pleaded not guilty in her case. Her case is now set for the May pre-trial docket scheduled for May 11.

Terney's dash cam video from his patrol car captured the traffic stop before Shepard fled, then audio of events and gunshots going on in the nearby treeline.

Shepard 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.

In addition to the murder charge, Shepard also faces charges of knowingly concealing stolen property relating to the stolen firearm used in the homicide, along with a charge of possession of controlled dangerous substance, methamphetamine, which officers found on his person that night en route to the hospital.

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