East Texas man indicted for murder of woman at Gilmer football game

Published: Nov. 27, 2013 at 4:27 PM CST|Updated: Oct. 7, 2014 at 5:06 PM CDT
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Jonathan Ray Shepherd (Source: Upshur County Jail)
Jonathan Ray Shepherd (Source: Upshur County Jail)
Cheyenne Green of Gilmer (Source: Facebook)
Cheyenne Green of Gilmer (Source: Facebook)

UPSHUR COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - An Upshur County man is one step closer to standing trial for the murder of a Gilmer woman.

On Monday, the Upshur County Grand Jury indicted 32-year-old Jonathan Ray Shepherd on one count of capital murder. Shepherd is being held in the Upshur County Jail on $1 million bond.

Gilmer police say 29-year-old Cheyenne Green was killed in September during an 8th grade football game between Gilmer and Gladewater.

Upshur County District Court records indicate that Green was found by Shepherd's wife last night as she lay in the parking lot.

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 Green lying in blood, and called 911.

"That was two adults that knew each other very well... had a child together. Based on the investigation so far, we believe that it is completely isolated to a disagreement... a feud between those two adults," says Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd.

Court records say the shooter's best friend said he got a phone call confession from Shepherd. He said to him that he couldn't believe what he had done, was looking for a place to hide, and that he might injure or kill himself.

A judicial records search revealed that Shepherd had a protective order filed against him in 2002 and 2003 by a woman in Upshur County. Her child was also listed on the order. It is not known for what reason the order was requested by the woman.

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