Have things gotten so bad that there are shootings at 8th grade football games? This is believed to be a domestic incident arisen over a custody battle.
The victim in a shooting death during an East Texas football game has been identified, and the suspect will be charged with murder.
Gilmer Police tell us 29-year-old Cheyenne Green of Gilmer was killed Thursday night during the 8th grade football game between Gilmer and Gladewater. The Upshur County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that 32-year-old Jonathan Ray Shepherd will be charged with murder in her death.
Shepherd, who turned himself in at 11 p.m. on Thursday, is being held in the Upshur County Jail on a $1 million bond. He was arraigned on Friday morning. The sheriff’s office says he is the only suspect in this incident.
Upshur County District Court records indicate that Cheyenne was found by Shepherd’s wife last night as she lay in the parking lot. She and Shepherd have a child together, but are currently separated.
At halftime, Shepherd left his wife to go to the parking lot and hand over his 3-year-old son to Cheyenne. Witnesses say that an argument occurred between the victim, Cheyenne Green, and Shepherd regarding who had rights to the child.
After the argument, Shepherd called his wife and said, according to the witness, “he has done something bad, and he couldn’t take it anymore, she is dead and he had killed her.” Shepherd asked his wife to go to the parking lot where she’d find the victim’s car running and the three-year-old in the back seat. His wife took the little boy, saw Cheyenne lying in blood, and called 911.