As Trial Begins, Obstruction Charges Dropped Against David Shepherd

Two charges of obstruction of justice against David Shepherd were dropped Monday after prosecutors requested Judge Russell Canan dismiss them. The decision came two days before jury selection is expected to begin in the trial charging Shepherd in connection with the death of Henry Charles Miller.

In February 2013, a grand jury indicted Shepherd on eight counts, including premeditated first-degree murder while armed, fleeing law enforcement, destruction of property and three related weapons charges.

Police found Miller on June 3, 2012, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds in the 1100 block of Chicago Street Southeast. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

According to charging documents, an eyewitness told police that “Shep” was fighting with Miller just before the shooting. The men separated, then “Shep” walked back towards Miller, pulled something from his waistband, and pointed at Miller, according to the witness. The witness reported seeing sparks and then, Miller on the ground bleeding.

Later, uniformed police officers saw a white truck drive past them in the neighborhood where Miller was shot, documents say. Soon after a witness told them that a man driving a white truck was connected to Miller’s death.

When police found the truck, the driver fled from officers, according to the documents. After the driver was eventually stopped, officers found a revolver lying beneath the driver’s seat. Documents say the driver was identified as David Shepherd.

A copy of Shepherd’s indictment has been added below.

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