Man accused in wife's murder waives preliminary hearing

Photo by Heather Middleton

Photo by Heather Middleton

By Mehgaan Jones


A Jonesboro man accused of strangling and killing his wife, waived his preliminary hearing in Clayton County Magistrate Court, on Tuesday.

The waiver was announced by presiding Clayton County Magistrate Judge Betrice Scott.

Drew Allen Shepard, 54, is charged with murder for allegedly causing the death of his wife, Aletha Shepard, 63, by choking her until she died.

"[Shepard walked] up behind her [Aletha Shepard] while she was typing on the computer, and started choking her from behind with his arms; when she stopped fighting, he turned her around and choked her from the front with both hands until she was dead," a Clayton County Magistrate Court arrest warrant states.

According to a previous report in the Clayton News Daily, Capt. Tina Daniel, a Clayton County Police public information officer, explained that Drew Allen Shepard called 9-1-1, and said: "I think I killed my wife."

According to Daniel, Shepard and his wife had some type of domestic dispute prior to the murder.

The incident occurred on Jan. 20, on Raven Drive, in Jonesboro, according to court documents.

"The offender was advised of his Miranda Rights, and did admit to these acts during a recorded interview," the application for criminal arrest warrant states.

Shepard's attorney, Ifuero A. Obaseki, with the public defender's office, declined to comment about the case, or his client, Tuesday.

According to Clayton County District Attorney Tracy Graham Lawson, the next step for Shepard will be an indictment by the Clayton County Grand Jury.

"I anticipate [that the indictment] will take place within the next six months," she said.